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TV landmark gets refurb cash
11:27am Tuesday 13th May 2014 in News
IT may be just a traffic island in a South Bucks village, but the small raised ellipse in the centre of Hambleden has featured in many TV programmes and movies.
Sadly, the century-old traffic island's condition suffered wear and tear from parked cars and the tree became diseased and was felled last year.
Now, as spring blooms, a renovated traffic island with new grass and double kerbstones graces the village centre. A new England Oak, donated by Culden Faw Estate, will preside over the village for another 100 years.
It's thanks to funding from Buckinghamshire County Council's South West Chilterns & Marlow Local Area Forum (LAF) - and revenue from the makers of movies like the Johnny Depp fantasy 'Into The Woods', out in December, who have filmed in the village.
During 2013 the village acted as location for several productions, such as BBC series 'Jonathan Creek' and 'New Tricks'.
Parish Clerk Sharon Henson said: "The money we received from filming has been a great help in renovating the island."
Parked cars often left the centre congested, but renovation at a cost of £6,600 effectively restricts parking and ensures visitors use the free village car park next to the Stag and Huntsman pub.
Parish council chairman Tom Nixey said: "The improvements create a better environment for the community and mean emergency, delivery and farm vehicles can get through."
County Councillor Jean Teesdale, Chairman of the LAF, said: "It’s one small local improvement that will have a big international impact."
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