Hughenden News – Spring 2022

Dear Road Reps, & other friends of HVRA,

We are preparing the Spring 2022 edition of the Hughenden News. Articles are invited from groups or individuals in Hughenden Valley, Bryants Bottom & Cryers Hill, who have news or views that they wish to share with other residents. Deadlines are on our web page https://hughendenresidents.org/magazine/, but basically it’s in the next 2 weeks.

Please reply to magazine@hughendenresidents.org 
Feel free to share this with friends & neighbours.

DIG Report End January 2022

Affinity

During September the DIG met with Chris King of Affinity to get agreement on surveying the drainage pipes under the pumping station. This was agreed to but we have had no further contact from Chris on the subject, we assume due to pressure of work.

To try and get something done on this we have issued a complaint to the Affinity Estate Management team and asked them to find out what will be done and when about this work. Fortunately, mild and relatively dry weather this winter has meant that the drainage there has not been tested.

Road Drainage

The DIG is planning on doing an audit on road drains through the Valley during February. As it happens it already looks as though TfB have carried out some drain cleaning already without any prompting, which is encouraging.

DIG 2022 Kick-start Meeting

After a relatively quiet few months, the DIG is planning to hold a meeting in late February as a starter for the New Year and to allow us to formulate some actions for 2022.

We have requested the Agencies to provide us with their plans and hope to be able to review those at the meeting.

Flooding Training

Although we don’t associate Hughenden Valley with being in a flood risk area, there have been plenty of occasions across the years when roads and properties have been tested by high water table, prolonged rain and so on. As such, the council, Environment Agency and other organisations monitor us for flood risk.

It can therefore make sense to at least be aware of how to deal with flooding when it happens. The DIG website contains some useful advice regarding flooding on the Advice page. On a practical front, Community Impact Bucks are offering free flooding training during March, for those with an interest in the subject. See below.

Community Impact Bucks are running free flood resilience training for local residents in HUGHENDEN VALLEY and RADNAGE on 8TH March 2022 (2.30-4.30pm).

The training is open to anyone who would like to develop their community’s resilience to emergencies such as flooding, snow, other severe weather events or utilities failures. Attendees will find out what community resilience means and what it could look like, how to develop an action plan, and also how to apply for a grant from the Heart of Bucks’ Flood Recovery and Awareness Fund.which could be used for:

  • Capital items to replace those destroyed by flooding
  • Emergency repairs as a result of flood damage
  • Venue/room hire costs for relocating activities as a result of flooding
  • Community projects to prevent future flooding
  • Training for flood damage/prevention

Flood Resilience Training

Although we don’t associate Hughenden Valley with being in a flood risk area, there have been plenty of occasions across the years when roads and properties have been tested by high water table, prolonged rain and so on. As such, the council, Environment Agency and other organisations monitor us for flood risk.

It can therefore make sense to at least be aware of how to deal with flooding when it happens. The DIG website contains some useful advice regarding flooding on the Advice page. On a practical front, Community Impact Bucks are offering free flooding training during March, for those with an interest in the subject. See below.

Community Impact Bucks are running free flood resilience training for local residents in HUGHENDEN VALLEY and RADNAGE on 8TH March 2022 (2.30-4.30pm).

The training is open to anyone who would like to develop their community’s resilience to emergencies such as flooding, snow, other severe weather events or utilities failures. Attendees will find out what community resilience means and what it could look like, how to develop an action plan, and also how to apply for a grant from the Heart of Bucks’ Flood Recovery and Awareness Fund which could be used for:

  • Capital items to replace those destroyed by flooding
  • Emergency repairs as a result of flood damage
  • Venue/room hire costs for relocating activities as a result of flooding
  • Community projects to prevent future flooding
  • Training for flood damage/prevention

For more information about the Hughenden Valley/ Radnage flood training and to book, visit https://communityimpactbucks.org.uk/event/flood-resilience-training-for-communities-hughenden-valley-radnage/

Planning application – Country Supplies

*** URGENT ACTION REQUIRED ***

Please click on to the link below to watch a very brief, amazing video that says it all.

https://we.tl/t-P2swe5EmYF

The owner of Country Supplies is intending to expand his business at the Oakleaf Farm site in Warrendene Road, Hughenden Valley. He has submitted a planning application for the creation of a HGV lorry park for up to 12 lorries, large customer car park accessed via a new road off Bryants Bottom Road near the crossroads on a meadow lying in the GREEN BELT and Chilterns AONB.

Country Supplies – 22 0500 FUL- HVRA Leaflet

To make a comment to Bucks Council Planning department, please do so by 14th Feb, you can use this web site: https://publicaccess.wycombe.gov.uk/idoxpa-web/       The reference is 22/05000/FUL, enter it into the box at the bottom of the page and click SEARCH. Then click on Comments , you will need to Log-in and set up a password if this is your first time. When this stage is complete you will need to go back into the site to submit your comments. I would recommend that you draft your comments as a Word document first so that you can think about what you want to say. Save it and then when you are ready to submit it do so by cutting and pasting it into the Comments box.

Alternatively, if you experience difficulty doing this, we suggest that you email the Case Officer: sarah.white@buckinghamshire.gov.uk , using ‘COUNTRY SUPPLIES – PLANNING APPLICATION REF: 22/05000/FUL’ on the Subject line, and attach your comments as a document. Explain that you found the process on their web page difficult to use & that you would like her to please upload your comments to the planning portal under Ref: 22/05000/FUL

Questionnaire Survey Reminder– The Discovery & Exploration Phase for the new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire

This is to remind you about the chance to take part in an important survey about the future of Buckinghamshire. It’s a questionnaire survey for the new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire. We want to hear your views about living and working in Buckinghamshire, what problems and issues you may face, and what your needs are in the future. We want to know what matters most to you. Thank you if you have already responded to the survey.

You can fill out the survey questionnaire online on Your Voice Bucks: https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/planning/local-plan-2021

There are other ways to comment. A pdf of the questionnaire survey is available on the website: https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/local-plan-for-bucks. This can be downloaded and then emailed or posted to the Planning Policy Team.

The email address is
planningpolicyteam.bc@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

The postal address is Planning Policy Team, Buckinghamshire Council, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1BB

You can take part until midnight on Friday 11 February 2022.

Planning application 22/05000FUL

The residents of Warrendene Road are shocked and dismayed to learn that the owner of Country Supplies, has just submitted a Full planning application under Ref: 22/05000/FUL to create a new access road into the Oakleaf Farm site, with associated highways realignment, from Bryants Bottom Road that will allow up to 12 HGVs to park as well the creation of a car park for up to 34 cars and light goods vehicles on the “Mushroom” field adjacent to the site that lies in the Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where there is a presumption against any new development unless there are very special/exceptional circumstances. The huge increase in the number of parking spaces and increase in full-time staff illustrates the company’s desire for expansion on the site.

A meeting was held in the the Village Hall on Sunday 23rd Jan.

The planning documents can be seen at https://publicaccess.wycombe.gov.uk/idoxpa-web/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application using reference 22/05000FUL.

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Have your say on a new political map for Buckinghamshire Council

A new pattern of wards is being developed for Buckinghamshire Council

From the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Following a public consultation on proposed council size for the authority, the Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Buckinghamshire should be 98. [Editor’s note – currently Buckinghamshire Council has 147 Councillors, three for each of the 49 wards.]

The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 12-week consultation on the proposals will run until 4 April 2022.

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views.

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk, give views using a mobile device, and by post to:

Review Officer (Buckinghamshire) LGBCE
PO Box 133
Blyth
NE24 9FE

Full press release here