Thursday, 19 May 2011

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Refuse and recycling collection
Bank Holiday Monday on May 30th means that our bins will be collected on Wednesday 1st June together with the boxes for glass, and baskets for cans, paper and plastics.

Cricket Club Curry Night and Quiz
A very impressive £1,500 for Cricket Club funds was raised at their Quiz evening on Friday 13th – obviously a lucky date for them. Over 100 people in 14 teams took part in a challenging quiz put together by Larry Warr. The winners were a team from Aylesbury, who have promised to return to defend their title at the Club’s next quiz. Discretion will not permit me to report on the losing team, but a visit to the Cricket Club’s website via will give more details.

Bingo time again
The next session of Bingo at The Bell will be on Tuesday June7th, ready for Eyes Down at about 8.30pm. A special price of £6.99 is on offer for Bingo players wishing to eat beforehand.

HS2 information
The mobile roadshow reaches Waddesdon this Saturday (details here), giving information on the proposed HS2 rail line, and it will then be visiting Calvert Green on Thursday May 26th. There is an opportunity to view the proposals and talk to the HS2 team. All information about this is available on the Department of Transport's website,

Parish Council Meeting Monday 16th May.
There were a few members of the public at this meeting when the new committee of Parish Councillors met for the first time, having voted Nic Brown and Leif Hytten to continue as Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Some of the matters arising were:

The proposed waste recycling plant at Long Crendon had been rejected as being on an inappropriate greenfield site. As an appeal was planned, it was agreed for this matter to be kept in mind.

TheHS2 rail roadshow at Waddesdon on Saturday 21st was discussed and for this topic to be on the next month’s agenda, possibly with a speaker.

The Public session brought forward points about the inappropriate positioning of the picnic table by the War Memorial, which Nic said would be moved; confirmation that electricity on The Green was no longer being considered; that the yellow lettering at the beginning of Evans Close was to be removed as this had been a mistake; deterioration of the postal service in the village and for residents affected to write letters of complaint to the Delivery Manager at Oxford. Peter Grimsdell, as footpaths representative agreed to investigate updating village footpaths maps which Ted Hooton had compiled many years ago. Concern at possible damage to the lanes due to new building work in Dark Lane was raised and the council agreed to reinforce this message again to the builders.

This public session considerably over-ran the intended 15minutes and much discussion brought about the suggestion that anyone wishing to bring a matter to the attention of the council should submit it in writing 5 days before the next meeting to Clare Clark, the council’s Parish Clerk, so it can be included on the agenda. It was also asked that copies of the agenda could be handed to the public.

Planning Procedure
In order for there to be more transparency in decisions made on planning matters, it was agreed that there would be an open discussion at the committee meeting following a planning visit, and a decision made then as to whether the application was supported or not. It was agreed that 3 members should visit Inshalla to view the proposals there.

Best Kept Village
As it had been agreed for Chearsley to enter this for the first time, a Litter Pick was arranged for Sunday June 5th, meeting at 12pm outside The Bell and for this to be well publicised. Mike Heybrook agreed to investigate possibly keeping some appropriate areas more natural, planting wild flowers.

Footpath Across The Green

It was decided that the best way to deal with the deteriorating state of the path across The Green, which had never been properly made many years ago, was to remove it and grass it over. The steps would then be removed.

Dog Bins
Although it was decided that no dog bins would be provided in the village, the ever increasing problem of dog fouling should be addressed by notices reminding dog owners to clear up after their dog and that it was an offence not to do so.

Village Trees
Professional advice should be taken about the removal or pollarding of the sycamores on The Green and also The Chestnut Tree on the main road.

Next Meeting: This was arranged to be held on Monday, 13th June at The Village Hall.