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11:55am Monday 10th March 2014
Council has come to an arrangement with Hall Barn whereby common land will be swapped to create 45 parking spaces in London End. The idea behind this is to put in place parking controls to stop all day parking on some of the land and allow movement of vehicles so as to help the local shops and businesses in the Old Town. On the face of it, I am pleased that there is support to find a solution to increase the opportunity of visitors finding somewhere to park and thereby encourage people to come to the Old Town. This has been the problem for years.
11:53am Monday 10th March 2014
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Members of the Marlow Society and other Marlovians may have been surprised by the criticisms of the Society’s submission to the WDC Planning Department raised in Mr & Mrs Shannon’s letter published in the MFP last week.
11:44am Monday 10th March 2014
A BUCKS NHS official said last year after the closure of Wycombe Hospital’s A&E unit the service for our district had “improved overall.” How’s that true? Is black actually white, or red a different shade of green?
11:42am Monday 10th March 2014
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RE: Café cost a lot Higginson Park, Marlow I can understand how, and why, having leased the building from the council, that the owner of The Café In The Park should regard the building to be unfit for purpose. (MFP 14 February). The council continues to have much to answer for, as it has throughout the long history of this building.
2:35pm Monday 3rd March 2014
2:32pm Monday 3rd March 2014
The High Wycombe and District model aircraft club has recently received a generous donation of model aircraft from the well known radio and TV presenter, Vernon Kay. He is a keen aero modeller and occasionally flies at the club’s field when his busy work schedule allows him some free time.
2:30pm Monday 3rd March 2014
The High Wycombe Town Twinning Association has been approached by a family in our twin town of Kelkheim who are looking for a family in High Wycombe who would be interested in be involved in an exchange visit with their 14 year old son.
2:29pm Monday 3rd March 2014
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2:26pm Monday 3rd March 2014
At last Thursday’s meeting of Buckinghamshire County Council, the UKIP and Independent group of councillors, the official opposition to the Conservative ruling group, put forward a budget amendment calling for a continuing freeze on the level of Council Tax for the coming year. The Conservatives had proposed a 1.5% increase in Council Tax.
2:24pm Monday 3rd March 2014
We are told that many new houses are to be built in this district, 750 of them near Flackwell Heath. It is said that water impermeable surfaces such as concrete, paving and tarmac, by failing to absorb rainwater, contribute to flooding. Increasing the rateable value of properties incorporating such surfaces may help the council pay for the additional cost of any necessary improvement in flood defences. — P. Pinot, Churchill Close, Flackwell Heath
2:23pm Monday 3rd March 2014
Can anyone please explain to me why the council decides that another crossing is required on the A40 midway between the subway, (next to the council offices) and the crossing by the Law courts. That makes three crossings in approximately 300 yards.
2:21pm Monday 3rd March 2014
As a motorist and resident of Old Amersham I was very disappointed to see a car parked on double yellow lines and on the pavement – even more of a disappointment was to see it belonged to a parking enforcement officer, who had stopped there to issue tickets to motorist on Saturday afternoon. I took a photo.
2:19pm Monday 3rd March 2014
4:11pm Monday 24th February 2014
RE: Housing plans for Station Coal Yard in Marlow Objections – Environmental Agency, Network Rail/First Great Western are all in place. With the exclusion of inputs from those who are distant from the site or vested, objections are overwhelmingly against.
4:09pm Monday 24th February 2014
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The last few weeks have brought more news on HS2. The failure of the most recent legal challenge and the realisation that the HS2 Hybrid Bill will soon have its Second Reading, which will approve the principle of the project, are discouraging developments but arguably they were always likely to happen given Cameron and Osborne’s determination to force HS2 on the country and this county. Meanwhile, however, the inexorable decline in the credibility of the project continues. The Government’s refusal to publish the Cabinet Office’s apparently damning report on HS2 from the Major Projects Authority received wide publicity and shows how little scrutiny HS2 can bear. Its business case is feeble £1.10 or so benefit per £1.00 spent – officially a ‘poor value’ project on the Department for Transport’s own criteria would be much lower had not somebody suddenly decided that business travellers would be much more numerous than previously assumed. Many northern authorities off the HS2 route have realised that HS2 means poorer rail services for them and even more concentration of activity in London. In January, Buckinghamshire County Councillors voted unanimously to petition on the HS2 Bill. This vote was preceded by the spectacle of Conservative and Liberal Democrat Councillors lining up to savage their own government’s proposals. Subsequent public meetings in the area included Europe Minister and Aylesbury MP David Lidington trying to assuage very considerable local anger about the project in Wendover and, a week later, Nigel Farage returning to the area reaffirming UKIP’s insistence that the HS2 be scrapped.
3:48pm Monday 24th February 2014
Almost exactly 50 years ago the Bucks Free Press published a letter to the Editor from a Mr John (aka Jack) Scruton objecting to plans which included the demolition of Pann Mill, the sale of the remnants of the site, and the building of a road across the corner of the Rye. Its message was amplified by a giant plaintive headline: ‘Don’t Wycombe people care what happens to the Town?’ No-one could have foreseen the events of the following 18 months in which the people of Wycombe showed not only that they cared but that they were prepared to take action. Backed by a petition signed by over 11,000 residents, Mr Scruton and the Rye Protection Society eventually took their case to a joint parliamentary committee in the House of Lords – and won. It is an episode in our town’s history which should not be forgotten.
3:46pm Monday 24th February 2014
Further to your article on Secondary School examination results on page 29 of the latest edition of the BFP (February 14), I would like to point out that the 2013 results for Cressex Community School were by some margin the highest the school has ever achieved. They were 20 percentage points above the previous year.
Having read about the sink hole which appeared at Walters Ash recently, I immediately thought of a “shallow” one which keeps appearing at the Hazlemere/Tylers Green area. It is on the main Hazlemere to Penn B474 and is on the grass verge near the junction of Curzon Avenue and opposite the horses’ field.
10:00am Monday 17th February 2014
1:40pm Sunday 16th February 2014
I would just like to say a big thank you to the day staff, ward 16B, the caterers, drinks servers and the Ophthalmology team at Stoke Mandeville, who all took care of my needs whilst attending a stay at this hospital.
11:00am Sunday 16th February 2014
1:30pm Saturday 15th February 2014
Councillor Roger Colomb writes (Free Press, January 19) that the park and ride service planned to operate from the new sports centre at Handy Cross should be routed from High Wycombe town centre to this centre before proceeding to Marlow, providing a link to the Globe Business Park and elsewhere in the town.
10:40am Saturday 15th February 2014
10:00am Saturday 15th February 2014
Your readers might interested to know that UK Conservatives in the European Parliament have been at the forefront in the battle to eradicate the scandal of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the European Union.
5:10pm Friday 14th February 2014
I think Alistair Gibbs’ letter is hugely disrespectful to our hard working refuse collectors who do an extremely hard job in all weathers to keep our streets clear from rubbish. Without their hard work our streets would soon be over run with rotting rubbish rats and disease.
4:00pm Friday 14th February 2014
3:36pm Friday 14th February 2014
What a treasure our Swan Theatre is. Have recently seen the pantomime and, this week, Fiddler on the Roof. This was an amazing production – which would match anything seen in the top theatres of London. We are so lucky to have this in Wycombe.
3:23pm Friday 14th February 2014
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With regards to Inspector Messenger’s thoughts on Marlow Bridge (MFP Jan 31), I personally would like to see a study into what causes the traffic gridlocking that often takes place in and around the town!
1:14pm Tuesday 11th February 2014
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1:11pm Tuesday 11th February 2014
Could someone gently explain to the “organisations advising drivers” (BFP Motors, Jan 31) that tyre design for production vehicles is a compromise in providing grip for the varying conditions of wet, dry and durability for how the particular vehicle is expected to be driven.
1:10pm Tuesday 11th February 2014
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3:12pm Friday 31st January 2014
Open letter to Steve Baker MP I am writing this open letter on behalf of Wycombe Labour Party to ask that you vote against Clause 118 of the Care Bill. This Bill will allow the Government, of which you are a supporter, to close or downgrade or privatise any hospital or A&E in the country, with barely any consultation of local people, if there is a trust in financial difficulties anywhere nearby – no matter how successful and financially viable that trust is.
3:10pm Friday 31st January 2014
Village news from around Bucks!
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- West Wycombe
- Princes Risborough
- Marlow Bottom
- Chesham Bois
- Great Missenden