Following feedback from residents as part of the Love It, Loath It survey and the Leisure Survey carried out over the last few years, the parish council has been working with Bucks County Council Transport for Bucks (TfB) to gain agreement to visually improve the roundabout. This process has been frustratingly slow. Once again, TfB has declined permission for their roundabout to be converted to enable shrubs/trees to be planted, however they are prepared to now discuss a horticultural licence which would permit us to manage a number of flowering planters on the roundabout and at other locations throughout the village, such as by the village gates and around the village sign.
This would be the second project as part of the plan to brighten up and enhance the village, the first having been the hundreds of daffodil bulbs planted along Marsworth Road which provide such a glorious display in the spring-time.
If there was sufficient local interest, the parish could enter the In Bloom competition in the future. Alternatively, the parish council may run a more local competition with each container sponsored by a local community group or individual and prizes awarded for the winners; or even seek local commercial sponsorship from interested local firms. If you have any thoughts, or can spare a little time to get involved in the beautification scheme, please get in touch (01296 660791 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Finally, whilst discussing the roundabout, TfB think that the central light and all the surrounding fixtures should be replaced before Christmas. The main light didn’t work at all for 2 years and then for the last 2 years they have been unable to turn it off so it has been lit 24 hours a day! It has taken much effort over many years to get agreement for the works but we are told that the equipment is now at least in the warehouse and they are just waiting for available time to install it.