Work commenced on new multi use ball court

We are pleased that Nicholas King Homes have commenced work on the new multi use ball court which will be located by the recreation ground (on parish council land that previously formed part of the car park. Replacement parking will be provided adjacent to the ball court.).

Nicholas King Homes currently estimate that works should be complete by April. If you need a reminder about what the finished court will look like, here is the image from the approved planning permission:

Foodbank open Friday 10.30-noon

Thank you to everyone who came to the Drop In Foodbank last Friday to deliver donations of food. The Foodbank is open again tomorrow, Friday, from 10.30 to noon at Pitstone Pavilion so please call in if you are in need of food support this weekend or you wish to make a donation. The foodbank is here to help.

Bin collection on Thursday instead of Wednesday

The snow and icy conditions on Monday 25 January meant there have been some disruptions to waste collections in Buckinghamshire this week.

The situation can change quickly so we would advise all residents to check the Buckinghamshire Council website before their usual collection day. If their bin hasn’t been collected, they should leave it out and visit the website before reporting a missed bin.

In Aylesbury Vale, no collections took place on Monday 25 January. The service resumed on Tuesday 26 January and collections for this week have been rearranged meaning all residents will have their bin emptied one day later than usual. For further information, please visit the waste collection information page for the Aylesbury Vale area.

Co-design workshops – Aylesbury Gardenway

The Aylesbury Garden Town team are offering a second chance to get involved to co-design the Aylesbury Gardenway

A new series of online community co-design conversations start next week on Monday 25 January when we will be looking at the north, south, east and west sections of the #AGTGardenway in more detail.

We had a great response to our first series of online discussions and we will be sharing some of the feedback received so far as we talk in more detail about the different sections.

Information gathered from the co-design workshops will be then be brought together to finalise the proposed route to provide fully accessible routes for walking, wheeling and cycling, encouraging play, active lifestyles, food growing and outdoor leisure as well as being a haven for wildlife.

Monday 25 January

West Section – Oxford Road to Bicester Road

Tuesday 26 January

North Section – Bicester Road to the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal

Wednesday 27 January

East Section – Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal to Wendover Road

Thursday 28 January

South Section – Wendover Road to Oxford Road

To find out more about the Gardenway visit

To register for one of our community conversations to get involved and to share your local knowledge visit

Buckinghamshire Council Community Boards

As a reminder, here are the links to the Buckinghamshire Council website page relating to the Community Boards (Pitstone comes under ‘Wing and Ivinghoe’) and the Wing & Ivinghoe Community Board Facebook page. Residents may wish to ‘like’ the Facebook page to receive updates relating to the local area.

Change in location of speed limit signs on Westfield Road

Further update 18-1-21 17.06pm:

Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board has now convened a Transport sub-group meeting for 4-2-2021 at 18.30pm. If residents wish to attend, you can find the details of how to register here:

Further update 18-1-21 16.23pm:

Development Management has spoken with Thames Valley Police and the TfB Safety Officers today. TVP has advised that the current road signs cannot be relocated back to the village gates whilst other options are explored, as they are currently located in the only enforceable location. However, TVP and TfB have agreed to work with Development Management and Taylor Wimpey to find an alternative solution that all these parties would find acceptable and will seek to put such a solution into place prior to adoption. When we are provided with any further details, we will issue the updates to residents.

You can continue to email your concerns to and copy to

Original post:

We have been contacted by several residents who have expressed concern that Taylor Wimpey has, over the weekend, moved the end of the 60mph derestricted zone from the white village gates to just before the start of Warwick Road.  There has been no consultation with the Parish Council nor local residents regarding the doubling of the speed limit in this location.

The parish council has spoken to the Adoptions Manager in the Development Management division of Buckinghamshire Council this morning.  You will be aware that Taylor Wimpey (TW) have had to undertake certain remedial works to bring the highways up to standard before Buckinghamshire Council can adopt them (we also confirm that neither Westfield Road nor the estate roads have been adopted by Buckinghamshire Council as yet).  As part of this process, Buckinghamshire Council has to ensure that the highways meet regulations and speed limits would be enforceable.  We understand that the 30mph zone between the village gates and the first lamp post would not have been enforceable. BC advise that they discussed three options with Taylor Wimpey (1) put a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) in place for this stretch of road (2) install more lamp posts out to the white gate (which would need to be adopted by Buckinghamshire Council along with the other Westfield Road lamp posts but are not normally erected where there are no houses direct onto the frontage) or (3) move the 30mph sign to the lamp post.  TW have, probably understandably, taken the cheapest and easiest option and put up the sign on the lamppost.  BC adoptions say they have no legal recourse with TW to force them to take the other actions and that TW have complied with the terms of their planning agreement. The parish council does not feel that this is acceptable and has asked that the 30mph signs be removed until further conversations can take place and more options explored.

The Adoptions Manager has since called back to say that they will liaise further with both Thames Valley Police and the Road Safety team at Buckinghamshire Council to review the situation and determine a solution.  They advise that the white gates are probably too far from the residential area but that the lamppost is possibly too close.  They will respond to the Parish Council in due course and we will update residents as soon as we have further information.  We have again asked for the signs to be relocated back to the gates whilst these conversations take place.

Buckinghamshire Council are our Highways Authority, so all matters relating to the highway need to be determined by them.  We are advised that if the Adoptions Department can’t initiate an acceptable solution then the matter needs to be raised through the local BC Community Board.  We have thus spoken to both Anne Wight, who is the Chair of the Wing & Ivinghoe Local Community Board, and Derek Town, who is our local Buckinghamshire Councillor and who sits on the Transport Sub Committee for the Community Board.   They will also engage Transport for Bucks officers and ask them to review the safety implications and consider/advise of available options, as well as ensuring that it is added to the next Community Board Transport Sub Committee meeting for detailed exploration and engagement with the correct departments at Buckinghamshire Council.  Once we are aware of the date and time, we will make residents aware.

It would be helpful if residents could raise their concerns via email to the following people, and copy the parish council, as this will help to demonstrate the extent of local feeling to the Highways Authority and Community Board members:

  • (the adoptions team at Buckinghamshire Council)
  • (the coordinator for the local Community Board)
  • (the chair of the local Community Board)
  • (our local Buckinghamshire Councillor, who also sits on the Transport sub-committee)
  • (the coordinator for the Transport sub-committee)
  • (please copy your correspondence to the parish council)

    The parish council was not aware of this change and was not consulted, although we understand that the adoptions team at Buckinghamshire Council have obviously been aware and liaising with the developer.    We will continue to pursue this issue with both the Adoptions Team and the Community Board.  We have also arranged for the mVAS (flashing speed sign) to be relocated back to Westfield Road so that we can get some additional up-to-date data.

BC support during lockdown

Support for residents

  • Helping Hands – Call 01296 531 151 to get support with food and energy bills over winter. The phone line is open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5:30pm, Friday, 9am to 5pm. In an emergency, please call our out of hours team on 0800 999 7677.
  • Test and Trace Support Payments – If you are asked to self-isolate, you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500, depending on your personal circumstances. (See the link for full details.)
  • Local Emergency Support – If you live in Buckinghamshire, you may be able to apply for Local Emergency Support. This is intended to cover urgent short-term emergencies (i.e. no immediate food, no heating or lighting) through the use of food banks, food vouchers, and utility meter top-ups. Apply online or call us on 01296 382 414 during office hours. An out of hours service is also available by calling 0800 999 7677.

Business grants and schemes

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant – These grants are for businesses that have a rateable value and have been told to close, businesses in the hospitality sector that have been severely impacted, or nightclubs that have been closed since March.
  • Bucks Additional Restrictions Grant – These grants are for businesses that have been heavily impacted as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions during December 2020 and have not been able to get support through the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme. The grant is open to applicants until 31 January 2021.
  • Wet-led Pubs Christmas Support Grant – This £1,000 grant is for wet-led pubs who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If a pub is eligible, they will receive a one-off payment for December, and it will be paid on top of existing cash grants for businesses. Applications must be received by 31 January 2021 when this scheme closes.

The new lockdown and support available for residents ​update from BC

During the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on 4 January, he announced that people who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be asked to shield again.

What does this mean? If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you will receive a letter from the government in the coming days outlining what precautions you should take. You should not leave the house to go to work, to the shops or the pharmacy. When you receive your letter you will need to register on –  – if you require support or wish to access a priority supermarket delivery slot. If you would like to look at what local support is available to help you shield effectively, visit the Bucks Online Directory – If you need urgent help, fill in the contact us form on our website – or call the council on 01296 395000. For the latest shielding advice please visit –

I am not clinically extremely vulnerable but need support during the lockdown Residents of Buckinghamshire who are struggling during lockdown can get support from the Council and the local community in a number of ways: To see a list of local support groups and services near you, visit – Log onto our website and let us know what support you need – fill in the ‘contact us’ form – If you need to speak to someone about the impact of COVID on a vulnerable person or family, please call the Council on 01296 395000.

Quote from Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health said “As well as the support we have already put into place during the last nine months of the pandemic, we are again moving Council staff around so they can help support our most vulnerable residents during this lockdown. I’m really proud of how our staff and our communities continue to rise to the challenge.”

Please also be aware that the Pitstone Covid Helpline is operating once again to assist Pitstone residents. Please visit our main Coronavirus page for details.

COVID-19: Buckinghamshire declares ‘Major Incident’ over virus cases ​

Buckinghamshire Council, in consultation with health service partners, has declared a ‘Major Incident’ amid fears the rapid rise in the number of COVID-19 cases could overwhelm the county’s health and social care services.

Leader of the Council Martin Tett said: “Whilst today’s announcement about the approval of the Oxford vaccine is excellent news, we still need to deal with the deteriorating situation we face immediately across the county. Figures up to 24 December put the number of cases now up at 514 per 100,000 and current projections are expecting this to increase to closer to 800 per 100,000 by next week.  The average COVID-19 rate per 100,000 of the population in England is currently 402.6. We believe that this rapid increase is due to the spread of the new, more transmissible COVID variant across much of the south east, particularly prior to the introduction of the Tier 4 regulations.   Of real concern is that this increase is also being seen in our older age groups.  Our rate in the over 60 years population is now putting our health and social care services under very severe pressure – the rates in this age group have gone up by over 60% and we think this will continue at least for the next two weeks.  I would encourage everyone to stay at home as much as possible and help those who are most vulnerable, by offering to collect their shopping and prescriptions etc.”  

Neil Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said:   “Due to a rise in the number of people being admitted to hospital with COVID-19, along with the need to maintain services across the Trust, some temporary changes have been made to ensure safe and appropriate staffing levels at all times and to ensure that we have enough beds to meet current and anticipated demand. This includes postponing or delaying some non-urgent operations and outpatient appointments but urgent operations, including cancer, will continue as planned.   I want to reassure you that we are still here for you and if you are offered an appointment would urge you to keep it – but we need your help at this really busy time to keep our hospitals for those that need them most and are seriously ill. 

If you are feeling unwell and are not sure which service you need, contact NHS 111 for advice. They will make sure that you are seen by the right people, in the right place as quickly as possible whether that is your GP, the Urgent Treatment Centre or the Emergency Department (A&E). They can book you an appointment so that you won’t have to wait about unnecessarily.” Dr Raj Bajwa, Clinical Chair, NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group added: “If you have a less urgent concern or a minor illness, we would remind everyone that excellent sources of health advice are also available via the Ask NHS app, NHS 111 online and at your local pharmacy. By using these options for minor health concerns, you can help GP practices ensure that we support patients with the most urgent needs more quickly. Lots of other health and well-being information, including advice on self-care and looking after your mental health, is available via the Buckinghamshire Ready for Winter page.” On Monday, figures showed the number of patients being treated for COVID-19 across hospitals in England was at a record high of 20,426 – exceeding the previous peak of about 19,000 in April.

Living Advent Windows in support of 1st Ivinghoe & Pitstone Scouts

Take a stroll around Pitstone and Ivinghoe and enjoy the Living Advent Windows in support of the 1st Ivinghoe & Pitstone Scout Group.

A list of all the windows will be provided on our Facebook page. If you make a £5 donation to the scouts when downloading your map, you will be entered into the Christmas raffle.

Windows still available to book at £5 per window & you will be entered into the Christmas raffle. Decorate your window and agree to light up your window on your nominated date, and every evening thereafter until Christmas. For further information, please contact Gemma Smith on

Christmas Present Appeal 2020

Local drop off point located at CuriosiTea Rooms in Ivinghoe.

Help to ensure that every child known to Buckinghamshire Council social services receives a gift this Christmas.

We really need your support this Christmas to make this happen. All items gratefully received for those aged 0-18 years.

In collaboration with Buckinghamshire Childrens Social Services and Domestic Abuse Survivors.

Telephone 07862136738

Please get in touch for more info or to help support us.

Thames Valley Alerts

Good Morning,

I am one of the PCSO’s who covers your parish.

We are looking at ways to communicate with our communities more frequently and one of the ways is via Thames Valley Alerts.

Thames Valley Alerts is a system where we can send an email to specific communities and areas if there has been an incident or crime in that location. This not only enables people to be extra vigilant but it also keeps them informed of what is going on in their area.

Due to COVID, its harder for us to communicate in ways we used to (Have Your Say events etc) but we would like to communicate was much as we can to reassure people and keep them informed of relevant information.

The link to sign up is below:

PCSO C9953 Megan Dean

Wing Police Office

Aylesbury LPA

Thames Valley Police

Changes to London Luton Airport Arrivals Consultation

NATS LLA image of potential affected area

NATS Overview:

The arrival flightpaths into London Luton Airport need to change, and you can help shape how.

Today’s airspace around London Luton (LLA) and Stansted airports is largely unchanged despite growth in recent years. The airports currently share arrival routes and the same two holds, which is unique in the UK for two such major airports. Any arrival delay or disruption at one airport can cause unnecessary arrival delay to the other, impacting the travelling public and local communities.

Our proposals for change involve separating LLA’s arrivals flightpaths from Stansted’s, and establishing a new hold for LLA, to reduce delays and assure safety for the future. There are no changes to Stansted’s routes.

This Airspace Change Proposal is co-sponsored by London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL), which is responsible for the low level arrival routes (below 8,000ft); and NATS, which provides air traffic services at the airport and for the wider air route network across the UK.

Full details of the consultation available here:

Council to move ahead with Ivinghoe freight zone

Photograph of lorry on Brownlow Bridge
Photograph of lorry on Brownlow Bridge
Buckinghamshire Council has announced plans to move ahead with the implementation of the Ivinghoe area ‘freight zone’, after some delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The scheme, to reduce HGV traffic in the Cheddington, Ivinghoe and Mentmore areas, sits within defined boundaries, east of the A418, north of the A41 and west of the B489. Work to draft the necessary Traffic Regulation Orders needed for the zone is now scheduled to start in mid February 2021, when formal public consultation will take place. Subject to the feedback received, the scheme could be fully operational by spring 2021. 

Essential works to strengthen the Brownlow bridge on the B488 have already started and these are expected to be completed by the end of November.

Public engagement on the concept of the freight zone took place last March and was widely supported by local residents, businesses and community groups. It included dialogue with parish councils, local councillors, and businesses, along with drop-in exhibition events in Ivinghoe and Wing and a survey which received 332 responses.

Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport Nick Naylor said he was delighted to announce the news. “I’d like to have got on with things quicker, however COVID-19 restrictions have affected our planning with council officers and resources redeployed to help support the vulnerable and those at highest risk.

“But now I’m delighted we’re back on track and that the Ivinghoe area is set for its freight zone. Once drafted, the TROs will be subject to statutory public consultation so people can have their say on all the detail before final implementation. We also need to liaise with colleagues in Hertfordshire and Central Bedfordshire Councils as some of the signage will need to be sited in their areas,” he added. 

The Orders will include a 7.5 tonne weight restriction on vehicles travelling through the zone. There will be an exception for vehicles travelling to destinations within the zone, which means deliveries and collections for local homes and businesses can continue unaffected.

Monitoring in November 2019 showed an average of 254 HGVs per week passed through the proposed zone, heading for destinations further afield, around 47% of the total HGV traffic in the area.

Local ward councillor and Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board Chairman Anne Wight added, “This is great news. The ‘freight zone’ would give us that balance between allowing those HGVs that need to come to the area and discouraging those that just pass through. Potentially this scheme could see lorry movements reduced by close to 50%, considerably reducing the negative impacts on local residents, buildings and the environment.”

For further information about the freight zone, please visit:

Council in ‘listening mode’ as Post-16 educational transport and home to school transport policy consultation starts ​

A public consultation to hear the views of parents and residents on how Buckinghamshire Council can continue to improve its educational transport policy has launched.   The consultation forms part of a review into the Council’s overall Home to School Transport Policy and associated Post-16 Transport Policy Statement, following the changes made after the previous review of the policy in 2018/19.   Buckinghamshire’s Home to School Transport Policy and Post-16 Transport Policy Statement set out how the Council provides transport to schools and other educational settings for 0 – 19 year olds and up to 25 years for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  
The current Post-16 Transport Policy Statement applies a charge to families of 16–18 year old students with SEND who receive Council educational transport, as a contribution towards the overall cost of transport.   The charges for this transport for the current academic year 2020/21 have been paused due to the impact of Coronavirus; however this is an ‘exceptional’ decision, meaning that the charging element of the Policy Statement is set to resume in September 2021 for the academic year 2021/22.  
The consultation gives families a choice of three potential options to consider for how educational transport for eligible students aged 16–19 with SEND can be organised and paid for. These options are:   Families receiving Council transport using the current distance banded model of charging, with some improvements; Families having a  choice of either receiving a sum of money paid directly to them to make their own transport arrangements (known as a personal transport budget), or paying an annual fee to receive Council transport; Families who have post-16 SEND students who are eligible for transport would be offered a personal transport budget; Council transport would be offered in exceptional circumstances for an annual fee.   The Council is also asking for views on proposals to update the content of the Policy and Statement by providing clarification and more detail to some areas. This aims to provide clearer information and guidance to students and families so they can make informed choices about their school transport.  

The engagement and public consultation process

The public consultation runs for eight weeks, closing on 7 December 2020. Ahead of the consultation, the Council has talked with parent groups and other key stakeholders to understand their views as well as taking into account all feedback received over the last 12 months.   Anita Cranmer, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “We are committed to supporting our children and young people to have access to educational opportunities at the setting that’s right for them, and a key part of that is assisting families to make informed choices about their educational transport.   “Although this review will not make major changes to our overall Home to School Transport Policy, by reviewing the Policy and the Post 16 Transport Statement now, we can make improvements that incorporate the feedback we have received up to this point.   “We also want to give young people and families of students who are aged 16–18 with special educational needs and disabilities some options to consider for how transport will be arranged and paid for from September 2021.   “Personal transport budgets have been in existence for some time, particularly in adult care services, but their use is now growing in school transport in many areas across the UK. When you consider the huge amount of choice, freedom and flexibility that personal transport budgets provide for families, we wanted to include these as part of the options in the consultation, giving families a good range of choice.   “We are very much in listening mode at the moment, so if you’d like to help shape our future policy for educational transport, please go to the consultation web page and take part. We really do want to hear your views.”  

To find out more and take part in the consultation, go to the consultation web page:

Apologies for overnight disturbance for next 2 weeks

We are aware that a few residents have raised concerns about overnight generator noise from the Nicholas King Homes site by the Memorial Hall.

Nicholas King Homes apologise for any inconvenience.  The generator does need to be left on at the moment for health and safety reasons.  They are excavating an 8 metre deep hole for the pump tank but as the water table is only two meters below ground, if they turn off the pump overnight the hole fills up with water and slurry again by morning leaving men working in dangerous deep drainage situations. They waited for the cooler weather to begin these works, as they did not want to disturb people at night when residents had their windows open, believing that the noise of the generator would disturb neighbours less at this time of year.

Works on the excavation should be complete within 2 weeks and in the meantime they are adding extra insulation around the pump and the generator to ensure the noise is reduced as much as is physically possible.

Should any residents have any further queries, their site manager is happy for you to contact him on  

Free English and maths courses from Buckinghamshire Adult Learning


Do you need to improve your English or maths skills? Do you need a qualification?

There are now free part-time courses available in English and maths with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning and their experienced team of highly qualified and friendly tutors.

There are day-time or evening courses available to anyone who lives in Buckinghamshire. The courses are mostly free of charge and are based at centres in Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Chesham and online.

The learners work towards a nationally recognised Functional Skills qualification at Entry level, Level 1 or Level 2. A Functional Skills qualification in English and/or maths may help them to progress in their career or to go to college for further study.

Teresa Meredith, Skills Manager at Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, said, “There is no better time to gain some new skills or a new qualification. Our English and maths teams have worked incredibly hard over the summer to create Covid-19 friendly learning environments in our centres and to build online learning platforms. I would urge anyone interested to visit our website at or telephone us on 01296 674463. We welcome new learners all the time”.

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning offers a free and confidential pre-course assessment to all learners before they begin. This ensures that each learner is learning at the correct level.

Nick Andrews, an English tutor, reinforced this message: “We not only teach the subject in an accessible way as possible, we also develop ‘learning confidence’ in our classrooms. It can be the case that learners feel nervous about re-entering education; some learners had mixed experiences at school and feel the need to ‘start again’. It’s our job to help them do that in a fun and supportive environment.”

There is little doubt that many learners have gained from these courses over the years including one learner who obtained her Functional skills English qualification at a recent summer school. She wrote in to say, “It all worked out really well and I have now been offered a place on my midwifery course. I am so happy. Thank you all so much for your massive help. Without you I would not be a student now or a midwife in the future!”

Contact Buckinghamshire Adult Learning via the website at

Alternatively, email or telephone 01296 674463

Help Buckinghamshire Council decide their budget priorities

Help us decide our budget priorities ​
Buckinghamshire Council today launches its budget consultation for 2021/22. Residents, businesses and other interested parties are being asked to submit their views on the council’s spending priorities for the coming financial year. The council carries out a budget consultation every year, giving people the chance to have their say on where they think money should be invested and also in which services or areas they believe savings can be made. Council finances have faced added pressure this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The double effect of additional spending to support our vulnerable and the variety of one-off costs incurred, combined with the loss of income from regular funding streams such as parking revenue and business rates has brought about a budget shortfall. Although some additional funding from central government has helped, it doesn’t cover all the additional costs and has left a funding gap of around £7m. Council Leader Martin Tett explained: “2020 has been a year like no other. As individuals, families and whole communities, everyone has faced uncertainty and many challenges over the past six months. As a council our experience has been no different. “We are now at the stage where we must set our budget priorities for the coming financial year. In any year this can be a challenge but undoubtedly this year will be even harder. “Without a doubt we are better off having come together to form Buckinghamshire Council in April this year. Being one council we were able to work quickly to deliver a coordinated response to Covid and we were able to work more effectively with businesses and community groups as a single organisation.”   Martin Tett continued: “We now have an organisation that is better placed to respond to our residents and businesses’ needs. We will also be able to make substantial savings going forward as we bring services together. Millions of pounds of savings have already been made; however, others such as rationalising contracts as they come up for renewal and redesigning how we do things, will take time to realise so that we don’t damage vital services. The majority of these savings are likely to be over the next five years which doesn’t help in our current situation. In the meantime cost pressures have increased dramatically, particularly for social care, as a result of Covid.   “There are clearly tough decisions ahead, so it’s important that we give everyone the opportunity to have their say on what our spending priorities should be for the coming year.”   To take part in the online consultation visit our website. The consultation closes on Sunday 8 November.

Brownlow bridge in Ivinghoe closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic from 5/10/20 for 7 weeks

Ivinghoe (Brownlow) Canal Bridge – Strengthening Grand Union Canal, B488, Ivinghoe

Transport for Buckinghamshire will be undertaking bridge strengthening works at the canal bridge on the B488over the Grand Union Canal starting 5 October 2020 for approximately 7 weeks.

The scheme has been developed in conjunction with the Canal & River Trust. Some brickworkrefurbishment/repairs and carriageway resurfacing work are also included to fully utilise the temporary traffic management during the works.

In order to carry out the works in a safe manner; the carriageway will need to be closed to all vehicular trafficfor the duration of the works. A section of the B488 in the vicinity of the “canal bridge will be closed and a temporary traffic diversion using alternative routes will be in operation for the duration of the roadclosure. Vehicular access will be maintained for residents including the canal’s towpath and businesses duringthe works, up to the limits of the site, but no vehicles and pedestrians will be able to cross the bridge.

Every effort will be made to carry out the works with minimum disturbance.

Buckinghamshire Council apologise for any inconvenience which may be caused. If you have any queries about the works, you can call 01296 382416.

BC Wing & Ivinghoe Community Board Meeting

The next (virtual) Buckinghamshire Council Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board meeting is taking place on 23 September at 7.00 pm. Please be advised that this will be a public meeting and the council would gladly welcome any residents and members of the public that wish to take part.

Please let the Community Board Coordinator (Katrina Kelly: ) know if you would like to join the meeting so that she can share the link with you beforehand. If there are any questions or issues that members of the public want to raise it would be helpful if you could let Katrina know in advance so that Buckinghamshire Council can prepare answers to your questions.

You can find out more about the Community Board meetings via the above link.

Westfield Road white lining 18-9-2020

Westfield Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

18 September — 18 September

Delays possible – Traffic control (multi-way signals)


Works description: Developemnt Management WHITE LINING WORKS ON BEHALF OF TAYLOR WIMPEY HOMES SOUTH MIDLANDS Out of hours contact:07971 063971

Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: D400351001470

Linking Lives – combatting loneliness in Pitstone

Linking Lives is combatting loneliness in Tring and the surrounding villages, including Pitstone.

Could you spare half an hour a week to telephone someone lonely?

It doesn’t matter if you are working from home, going back to work, furloughed, retired, or looking for a new job, loneliness is a 24/7 problem so contact at any time of the day is very welcome. Many of their volunteers contact have become the highlight of someone’s week.

They are currently looking for help with three clients who need volunteers to befriend them. One in Tring, two in Pitstone. These are part of the telephone befriending scheme, so you don’t need to be in or around their local area. They would love to receive one or two 15-minute phone calls a week – but whatever you could do would be great.

Tring Lives is a charity set up, almost two years ago, by Linking Lives UK and High Street Baptist Church in Tring, to combat loneliness and social isolation in Tring and the surrounding villages in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. They already have many wonderful volunteers, befriending local people of all ages throughout the area. However, Covid19 is having an effect on many people who no longer have the social connections that they did previously and so demand for volunteer support is soon to be overwhelmed without more help.


They will need to do some quick identity checks and arrange a simple telephone training session. Telephone befriending does not currently need a DBS check but they always take the safety of clients volunteers and staff extremely seriously and need to ensure that they keep everyone safe.

Linking Lives full service

Very soon, in early September they will be moving back to their full 1-1 service in people’s homes. They will need people more volunteers to:

  • Carry out visits to people in their homes
    • Take clients to events and trips out
    • Assist in taking groups of clients to places of interest
    • And, of course, they will still need telephone befrienders 


If you can help, please contact Cliff Brown, Co Ordinator, his details are below. If you can’t help but know someone who might be able to assist, please forward this information to them.

Call Cliff on either 07305 257160 or 01442 824054

Email Cliff at


A new way to tackle the issues that matter most to our community

There is a new way to tackle the issues that matter most to our community – through Buckinghamshire Council’s new Community Boards. The boards will connect local people, organisations and groups with the council to improve our local areas. Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board covers the Wing and Ivinghoe area and held an introductory meeting in July, to start this conversation. Over the next few weeks organisers will be getting people, groups and organisations in the community involved and helping to identify our key priorities ahead of the official launch in September. Everyone is welcome – read on to find out more about what the board will do, how it will work and how you can get involved.


What is a Community Board?

Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board will identify the themes and issues that most need to be addressed for this area and create an action plan to do this, with working groups to look at specific projects and issues. The board will:

  • represent the voices of local people;
  • capture thoughts, ideas and suggestions in new ways;
  • enable local conversations about priorities;
  • identify needs within local communities and work to produce creative solutions;
  • explore areas of interest;
  • influence how decisions are made and public services are delivered.

How does it work?
Partnerships created in response to Covid-19 are enabling the new Community Boards to quickly get up and running. All boards have a leader, as well as a coordinator who makes sure local people, groups and organisations feel connected with the boards and the council, ensuring information is shared and views are heard.

There will be a mixture of core meetings and working groups who will focus on a specific issue or local project. Core meetings will agree priorities; allocate funding and feed back on the plan of action. Anyone who wants to get involved won’t need to attend every session. You’ll be able to read the agendas and minutes online and can participate in the issues that you feel passionate about. You can join meetings, or take part in a specific priority or project working group. You can complete surveys, take part in polls or share your views.

Who is in the Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board?
The chairman for Wing and Ivinghoe is Councillor Anne Wight who, like all of the boards’ chairs, is a member of Buckinghamshire Council. The Wing and Ivinghoe vice chair is Councillor Peter Cooper and its dedicated coordinator is Katrina Kelly.


If you’d like to get involved, email  or visit

Book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms

Book a test if you have any coronavirus symptoms

Cases of COVID-19 are rising again across the country. We do not want a local lockdown in Buckinghamshire. We want to stop the spread of the virus so that we can continue to live our lives and enjoy our freedom.

Follow our simple guidance:

  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are very mild symptoms, book a test immediately and stay at home.


  • Symptoms of COVID-19 are a high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change in your sense of taste or smell.


  • Stay at home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 that started in the last 10 days, unless you have had a negative test result.


  • Stay at home if you have been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.


  • Stay at home if someone in your household has had any symptoms of coronavirus and has not had a negative test result. If they have not done so, they should get a test.


There are testing centres locally, or you can order a home test. The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a cotton bud. You can do the swab yourself, or someone can do it for you.

We must protect our community from this deadly virus. Many people have already died, and it is our responsibility to stop the virus from spreading and taking more lives.

Help control the virus and protect yourself and others

  • Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth to protect yourself and others
  • Make space – stay two metres apart from other people not in your household wherever possible

Please, if you have any of the symptoms; a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste, please book a test now. Call 119 or go online

This weeks roadworks and diversions w/c 10/8/2020

Traffic Interruptions


Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

10 August – 12 August


Delays possible – Road closure


Name: Cheddington Road


Location: Cheddington Road


Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks


Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire


Current status: Planned




Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

10 August – 12 August


Delays possible – Diversion route


Name: Diversion


Location: Marsworth Road


Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks


Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire


Current status: Planned





Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

10 August — 10 August


Delays likely – Road closure






Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire


Current status: Planned work about to start


Works reference: D40025144388




Pitstone Road, Cheddington, Buckinghamshire

10 August — 12 August


Delays possible – Traffic control (two-way signals)






Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire


Current status: Planned work about to start


Works reference: D40025144481




Yardley Avenue, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

12 August — 14 August


Delays unlikely – Traffic control (give & take)


Works location: OS 4 YARDLEY AVENUE LU7 9BD (Footway, Carriageway)


Works description: Install 24m of poly duct in footway, demolish and rebuild box tpye 104, core drills, Access Existing Infrastructure. Footway closure: Pedestrian walkway will be provided


Responsibility for works: Openreach


Current status: Planned work about to start


Works reference: BC412KNONSACHWBPF3N1P

Thames Valley Police local Have Your Say Event 6/8/2020

Lots of local roadwork sites this week (w/c 3 Aug 2020)

Vicarage Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

03 August – 07 August


Delays likely – Diversion route


Name: Diversion


Location: Vicarage Road


Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks


Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire


Current status: Planned




Vicarage Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

03 August – 07 August


Delays likely – Road closure


Name: Vicarage Road


Location: Vicarage Road


Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks


Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire


Current status: Planned





Vicarage Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

03 August — 07 August


Delays likely – Road closure


Works location: near Warehouse (Footway, Carriageway, Verge)


Works description: Connect off a 3″ AC main in the road under a road closure and lay across the road through open cut method and install 8m of 125m ALPE pipe with a temporary washout.


Responsibility for works: Anglian Water


Current status: Planned work about to start


Works reference: AD029H10570281/1




Westfield Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

03 August — 07 August


Delays likely – Road closure


Works location: near Warehouse (Footway, Carriageway, Verge)


Works description: Connect off a 3″ AC main in the road under a road closure and lay across the road through open cut method and install 8m of 125m ALPE pipe with a temporary washout.


Responsibility for works: Anglian Water


Current status: Planned work about to start


Works reference: AD029H10570281




Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

03 August — 05 August


Delays unlikely – Traffic control (give & take)


Works location: 63 (Footway, Carriageway)


Works description: Communication Pipe Repair


Responsibility for works: Anglian Water


Current status: Planned work about to start


Works reference: AD03257743924




Old Farm, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

03 August — 05 August


Delays unlikely – Traffic control (give & take)


Works location: outside 38 (Footway, Carriageway)


Works description: Communication Pipe Repair. Footway closure: Alternative route will be provided


Responsibility for works: Anglian Water


Current status: Planned work about to start


Works reference: AD03257743863

Buckinghamshire Coronavirus Health & Wellbeing Survey

Buckinghamshire Council’s Public Health team has launched its new ‘Buckinghamshire Coronavirus Health & Wellbeing Survey’. The survey aims to understand how residents in Buckinghamshire have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic including how the lockdown and its consequences have impacted their daily lives and health and wellbeing. The information collected through the survey will be used to help tailor the local recovery throughout the county following the impact of Coronavirus.
We are keen to understand our residents’ experiences during the pandemic, and how Coronavirus has impacted their lives. We want to ensure that we protect our resident’s health and wellbeing, and would urge all residents to please give us feedback by completing this survey and to encourage your friends and family in the county to do the same. Your experiences can help us improve how we support our communities over the coming months.
You can complete the survey on Your Voice Bucks using the link below:
If you require any additional information please contact

Road closure Cooks Wharf 17/7/2020

Pitstone Road, Cheddington, Buckinghamshire

17 July — 17 July


Delays likely – Road closure






Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire


Current status: Planned work about to start


Works reference: D40025138775

Vicarage Rd closed to through traffic 29 July for 3 days


BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNCIL have hereby given notice that, Anglian Water new connection works take place and it is anticipated that the works will commence on 29 July 2020 and will take approximately 3 days between 07:00 and 18:00 each day to complete. This road will be closed for the duration of the works.

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNCIL intend to make an Order which will temporarily prohibit any vehicle from proceeding, except for access, in that length of Vicarage Road, Pitstone, which for a distance of approximately 80 metres.

The alternative route for vehicles affected by the closure will be via Vicarage Road, Upper Icknield Way, Tring Road, Church Road, High Street, Marsworth Road and vice versa.

The Order will come into operation on 29 July 2020 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 10 July 2020

Buckinghamshire Council consultation on parking restrictions near quarry

Due to social distancing and travel restrictions that are in place as a result of Coronavirus, areas of outstanding natural beauty across Buckinghamshire have become even more popular than usual. This includes our country parks. Most of these sites have limited parking and as a result, people are parking in locations that may obstruct access for emergency vehicles.

We propose to address this problem by preventing stopping or parking at any time on specific roads. We will use a combination of ‘24-hour rural clearway’ and ‘no stopping at any time on verge or footway’ restrictions. Signs will indicate the restrictions in place.The proposals apply to the following locations:

Stoke Poges and Wexham – Rowley Lane, Black Park Road, Billet Lane and Bellswood Lane.

Denham – Denham Court Drive, Black Park Road, Fulmer Common Road, Pinewood Road and Alderbourne Lane.

Great Brickhill – Brickhill Road.

Ivinghoe – Upper Icknield Way, Northfield Road and Westfield Road.

Open until 12 July 2020.

Outdoor play areas reopening in Buckinghamshire

Outdoor play areas and gyms reopening in Buckinghamshire

We are pleased to announce that outdoor play areas and gyms in Buckinghamshire will be gradually reopening from Saturday 4 July onwards, and ask that everyone who uses these outdoor areas maintains strict social distancing and good hygiene practice.

We anticipate it will take a few days from Saturday for all sites to reopen and they will be operating with clear guidance on how to use the areas and equipment safely.

We know that social distancing can be particularly difficult in a playground setting, so we ask that parents, carers and guardians are aware of the risk and take extra care and responsibility for encouraging handwashing and social distancing as much as possible.

Cllr Clive Harriss, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Sport and Leisure, said: “It is great that we are now able to start reopening many of our outdoor play areas and gyms for residents to use, especially with the school summer holidays starting soon, but using these outdoor areas does carry some risk, and it’s important that everyone continues to follow the guidance to keep safe.

“Avoiding the outdoor areas when they are busy, taking hand wash / sanitiser with you to wash hands frequently, and keeping your distance from other people as much as possible will help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Social distancing can be particularly difficult, so we ask that parents, carers and guardians are aware of the risks in the playground and use common sense and take extra care and responsibility for encouraging handwashing and social distancing as much as possible. Please consider if you can keep the children in your care safe when using the play areas, and if you can’t, please don’t use them, or return at a less busy time.”

There may be one-way systems in place, additional instructions and limits on capacity in some play areas, so please take notice of these and follow the signs. If you visit the play areas please follow these rules:

    1. You must maintain social distancing from others, if it is too busy to do this please do not enter.
    2. Do not use the equipment if you or any member of your household has coronavirus symptoms, or are self-isolating.
    3. Children should not use the equipment if they are clinically or extremely clinically vulnerable.
    4. Make sure you have hand sanitiser with you before entering the playground.
    5. Encourage everyone in your family to wash their hands or use hand sanitiser regularly, as a minimum before and after using the playground.
    6. Encourage children to avoid touching their faces
    7. Some equipment can only be used by one child at a time while social distancing.  Please ensure your family waits at a safe distance if the equipment is in use or return later to use the equipment
    8. At busy times please think of others and limit your time in the play area so others may use and enjoy it too.
    9. Please do not consume food or drink in the playground
    10. If your family is wearing disposable PPE, please take it home with you or where provided use the bins – don’t litter.

Buckinghamshire Council introduces new Freight Community Toolkit

Buckinghamshire has many residents, businesses and industrial estates served by freight vehicles. The transportation of goods by freight helps to support Buckinghamshire’s economic growth, but can also cause environmental problems and concerns for local communities.

To help balance the need for efficient distribution of goods with the needs of the environment and communities, Buckinghamshire Council has developed and adopted a Freight Strategy. Policy 8 of the Freight Strategy outlines Buckinghamshire Council’s aim to work collaboratively with local communities to monitor and address local freight issues.

Policy 8: Empowering Communities

‘We will give communities affected by freight access to the information they need to get more involved in managing their own freight issues. Measures like community freight toolkits will help to show them what their options are’.

Buckinghamshire Council has produced online guidance for local residents, haulage companies and drivers. This includes information on how to request a new restriction, and maps that identify the recommended routes for freight vehicles in Buckinghamshire.

This Freight Community Toolkit is designed to complement this online guidance and provide a resource that can be used by interested individuals, communities and stakeholders to monitor freight movements in their local area. The Freight Community Toolkit includes a Guidance Note, Code of Conduct, Survey Form and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Guide to Lorry Types and Weights to aid volunteers.

Further information on lorry routes, advice for HGV drivers and residents, and full details of the Freight Community Toolkit are available via this link:



A reminder that Library books may now be returned to BVCL on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 2 and 5 pm.

Although the amnesty on fines remains extended until July 31st, please endeavour to return your books as soon as you are able, to enable them to be replaced in circulation.

For further information on our new Click and Collect service, and also on the eLibrary, please visit the link below:

While we are closed to visitors due to Coronavirus, library staff are standing by to find you something new to read. Fill in the form to tell us what types of books you like.

We aim to find you books that you will really enjoy reading, and maybe to introduce you to some new authors. (If this does not appeal and you only want a specific title please wait until the normal book reservation system is available again).

We will call you when your books are ready to collect from your local library. There is no charge for this service.

You will need your library card number and PIN to make a request.

Funeral procession for Mrs Jean Morris on Tuesday 7 July 2020

Many of you may have heard that Mrs Jean Morris has sadly passed away.  She lived in the village for many years and was involved in numerous community groups.

Due to the current Coronavirus restrictions on the people that may attend a funeral her numerous friends, neighbours and colleagues are asked to pay their respects to Jean by lining the funeral route instead.

The procession will leave from Cheddington Road at 11.30 am on Tuesday 7 July 2020 and proceed to Pitstone Church for a 12 noon service.  The hearse will move at walking pace from Pitstone Memorial Hall to Pitstone Church.

Attendees are asked to maintain social distancing wherever possible.  Other residents may like to consider avoiding this route during this period, as it contains some stretches of narrow path where it may be difficult for you to maintain social distancing from those paying their respects.

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Jean’s family at this difficult time.



PPP Adverts from: our advertisers beginning with T

As the parish council had been unable to print & distribute the April edition of PPP due to the Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time and the impact this had on our advertisers/contributors, we are replicating the adverts that had been submitted on our website, to help support the local firms that were placing the adverts and to provide the information to our residents.

There is obviously no charge to our advertisers for the April edition/the publication of these adverts on line.

PPP should be back in hard copy format at the end of July.

Please find below the adverts from advertisers beginning with T:  T&S Treecare, Travel Impressions, Tring Market Auctions, Tring Yoga Studios and Tyre Changers.