Thursday, 17 October 2019

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Invitation to the presentation of the Dashwood Trophy

On the evening of 21st October, the President of the Bucks Best Kept Village Award, Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, will make a formal presentation of The Dashwood Trophy to our community at the Village Hall.

The Parish Council would welcome attendance by all parishioners. The presentation will take place at 7.30 before the Parish Council meeting scheduled for that evening. Refreshments will be available from 7.15.

In 2019, Chearsley entered the Bucks Best Kept Village competition for the first time in several years and won the Dashwood Trophy for the Best Runner-Up in the smaller village category, with populations between 500 and 1,500 inhabitants.

The judges awarded Chearsley 97 marks (out of a maximum potential score of 100 points) – just a single point behind the winning village, Hedgerley, and level with Cuddington. Although we were level pegging with Cuddington, the trophy must go to a village which has not won an award in the past five years.

The marks are awarded across a wide range of criteria covering village facilities, general environmental features and evidence of ‘community effort’.

In its contact with the BBKV organising committee, the PC has suggested that in future there should be a stronger focus on specific environmental factors among the awards criteria.

Monday, 14 October 2019

The community of Chearsley oppose the plans for the Oxford Cambridge Expressway

In view of its potential impact on our community, the Parish Council were keen to canvass the views of residents on the plans for the building of a new Oxford Cambridge Expressway, along with significant development of new homes. Over 100 residents completed the Parish Council survey in September on the plan to construct a new Expressway between Oxford and Cambridge, to be accompanied by an additional one million new homes along its route. From a local perspective, an area identified as ‘East of Oakley’ has been identified with the potential to accommodate 65,000 new homes.

The Parish Council would like to express its thanks and appreciation to all those who took the time to complete the survey.

Although nearly 20% of respondents thought further details of the route and housing plans should be awaited before reaching a verdict, a massive 80% called on the Parish Council to oppose the plans as they stand.

A variety of reasons for opposing the development were given by respondents and a full report on the responses to the survey can be accessed on this link.

Most of the concern related to the potential destruction of the local rural environment through the building of the road and a huge number of new houses - on top of the many houses already envisaged under the current local plan (Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan).

The Parish Council considered the results of the survey at its last meeting on 16th September and unanimously agreed to adopt a position of formal opposition to the plan and will communicate this view to a range of political and other contacts at both local and national level. These will include the following and their contact details have also been added, as residents may well wish to make direct contact with some or all of them to express their views on the plans under consideration.

MP for Buckingham, John Bercow

Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural affairs, Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP

Secretary of State for Housing Communities & Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP

AVDC Councillor (Long Crendon), Mike Hawkett

Bucks County Councillor (Bernwood), Clive Harriss

Leader of Bucks County Council, Martin Tett

Bucks County Councillor (Stone & Waddesdon), Paul Irwin

Bucks County Councillor (Grendon Underwood), Angela Macpherson

Arc Leaders Group, Chairman/Leader of Cherwell District Council, Barry Wood

Highways England, Senior Stakeholder Manager, Jan Chaliis

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Wednesday, 9 October 2019