The first Parish Council meeting was held
on the 4th December 1894. Bow Brickhill Parish was under the Rural
District of Newport Pagnell and the County of Bucks .
First business was to elect a Chairman, proposed by W Hartwell and
seconded by Eli Claridge that W Claridge be Chairman for the
meeting. This was carried unanimously.
Councillors were elected:
|Rev J Groves
A vote of thanks was given to the
Chairman (W Claridge) for residing that evening. Mr Claridge
served as Chairman until 1937.
The meetings were held at the school.
The village charities were discussed and it was agreed that there
was a need to appoint trustees.
Footpaths - A Footpath Committee was established.
Overseers for the Poor appointed. Mr Ross was appointed as Village
Constable for £1.1s.00d per annum.
The precept was set at 17s 10d.
Mr Way asked that a pile of manure be removed from the road at
Caldecotte as it was causing an obstruction.
Water Supply - A request was made to the District Council to try and
establish a water supply at the top of the hill. By 1897 a pump
was established at Blue Spring (above the substation in Church Road)
with stand pipes down the hill. The project cost £78.00s.00d and
the money was raised by voluntary donations. (£82.00s.ood was actually
raised, so the balance was used for a party!).
Post Office - the Parish Council asked the Post Master in Bletchley if
the village could have its own Post office, which was agreed to almost
Footpath - The Parish Council discussed the merits of having a
footpath along Station Road, in the end it was decided not to bother but
to improve the road surface instead.
Saw pit. It was felt that for safety reasons the saw pit be fenced
in. The pit was situated next to Lantern Cottage on Station Road
(where a new house now stands), it was mainly used for cutting large
lengths of elm to make coffins.
Parish Clerk. The Clerk wrote 150 letters and 19 pages of minutes
and was therefore awarded £4.00s.00d. per annum salary.
Railway Crossing. The crossing was felt to be dangerous and so
L.M.S. were asked to place sleepers between the rails.
Lamp - A lamp was placed on the village green by the corner paid for by
private subscriptions. At the same time the green was leveled.
Sewers - Several problems were being experienced with village
sewers. (It is ironical that nearly a century later problems are
still being experienced!)
Village Charities stood at:
Fire Services. Fenny Stratford
Urban District Council wrote to the Parish Council saying that they
were to take over the control of the Fire Brigade. Services
would continue to Bow Brickhill for a charge of £4 per annum.
Finger Post. It was decided a Finger post was needed at the bottom
of the hill to indicate to vehicular traffic the directions of
Bletchley and Woburn Sands.
Stoneground Turf. A report was received that turf was being
removed from the Stoneground without the permission of the Parish
Village Green. Concern was expressed that local inhabitant Mr Hartwell
was encroaching onto the Village Green.
Footpaths and Stiles. Constant references are made throughout
the minutes regarding the condition of various paths and stiles.
In 1901 a youngster was called in front of the Parish Council and
reprimanded after deliberately damaging a stile on the path to
Caldecotte. The father was ordered to make good.
Ditches. Concern was expressed about the filthy state of the
ditches opposite The Wheatsheaf and the practice of putting slops into
the ditch above the Blue Spring - the first mention of pollution!
Rhododendrons. The Duke of Bedford planted many rhododendrons
along the walks through Bow Brickhill Park. The Parish Council feared
they would cause an obstruction along this right of way which had been
used regularly for 70 years.
Vandals. Some disposed persons had partially driven nails into a
stile to Belvedere which had ripped some dresses. The
crime was reported to the police.
Woburn Cottage Hospital. The Parish Council wrote to the
Duke and Duchess of Bedford on behalf of the village sending "heartfelt gratitude for your kindness in erecting the splendidly
equipped hospital at Woburn"(now Maryland College) "and granting them
if necessary the benefit derived therefrom".
London End. London End had fallen into a state of disrepair and
as it is an important and well used route repairs were required.
However nobody would accept responsibility - Newport Pagnell Rural
District Council, the Estate and local land owners all claiming it was
not their problem.
Complaints received about bad language and slight damage caused to
property by some village boys. The Police were asked to make
more frequent visits to the village.
Water Supply. Newport Pagnell Rural District Council were
asked to increase the size of the water storage tank on the hill, this
they agreed to. (16,000 to 40,000 gallons).
Sanitary Committee. The Parochial Sanitary Committee was set
up in Bow and Little Brickhill at the suggestion of Newport Pagnell
District Council to recommend a long term strategy.
School Stand Pipe. A request for a stand pipe at the school was
Allotments. Applications for allotments were made.
Hand Cuffs. The Parish Council requested that the Parish Constable
be supplied with hand cuffs and a truncheon.
Post Office. It was agreed that the Post Office should close
on Thursday afternoon to allow the position a half day holiday.
Water Supply. A general letter was read out at a Parish Council
meeting asking for general discussions regarding the water supply to
the village. There were at the time three main sources: 1. The
Downs, 2. The Weeks 3. Blue Spring. It was felt that some
farmers and others were tapping into supplies for their fields causing
the supply to fail at the bottom of the village. Help was
requested from Newport Pagnell Rural District Council.
Motor Tests. The Parish Council complained to the Inspector
that the use of the hill (especially on Sundays) for motor tests was
The condition of the path at London End rumbled on ...
and on .........!
Elections. Parish Council Elections were held over for an
extra year because of the war. It was reported that because of a
labour shortage, women were being used on the land.
Venison. The Council discussed how the gift of venison from
the Duke of Bedford should be distributed.
Mr F Bodley. The Parish Council recorded the death of Mr Frederick
Bodley, Clerk to the Council and Assistant Overseer for 22
years. This replacement would need "a combination of
knowledge, business aptitude and promptness in all detail."
A letter was received from the Duke of Bedford stating that the
distribution of venison would have to cease due to "present
War Memorial. After lengthy discussions it was proposed that
the Clerk confer with the School Management Committee to fix a War
Memorial tablet to the school wall.
Council houses. A request to Newport Pagnell Rural District
Council asked for the erection of eight dwellings.
Precept. The precept was set at £12.10s.00d.
Fire Services. A cheque was drawn for £5 for the services of the
Fire Brigade and Appliance.
Church path. The Church Walk was considered to be in a dangerous
state. The Clerk was instructed to ask the Rural District
Council Surveyor to give the path some attention in the public
War Memorial. Clerk was instructed to write to the Rural
District Council for permission to erect a war memorial on the Green
and ask for a Finger Plate to be affixed directing the road to Woburn
War Memorial. Rural District Council gave permission for the
War Memorial on the Green. The Parish Council agreed to
undertake care and upkeep. Mr W Ross was appointed Village
Constable a position he held until 1933 when the position was
abolished. His salary was paid by the Parish Council until 1929
when it was ruled the Rural District Council should pay.
Telephone. An application was made to the Postmaster of
Bletchley for the supply of a Public Telephone.
An application to the Head Postmaster was made for a letter box to
be placed up the hill.
Village Green. Newport Pagnell Rural District Council Sanitary
Inspector was informed of a problem of refuse material and old tiles
being dumped on the Green.
The Automobile Association was sent an urgent applications to ask
for consideration of the removal of their 'danger' sign from its present
position to a point at the corner turn to Woburn Sands and near the Old
Rectory thereby warning the increased traffic of both roads.
Precept was set at £34.00s.00d.
Roads/Paths. The Clerk was asked to report to Rural District
Council the very bad condition of the roads and paths in general
throughout the village.
A cheque was drawn to pay Mr John Munday being payment for the
overlooking of the War Memorial for 1928.
A letter was sent to Bucks Education Committee strongly urging
that electric light be installed in the school.
Footpath. It was requested that the footpath between the village
and the railway be made fit for people to walk on.
Tarmacing. The County Surveyor was asked that if any further
tarmacing was done up the hill a strip be left at the side for the sake
of horses going up.
Water supply. The Rural District Surveyor will take steps
that the Parish water supply is not depleted while the boys are in
camp during August.
There was a public meeting regarding the Right of Way of a
footpath known as 'The Lane' and widening of the road. The
parishioners asked the Parish Council to resign. Votes for the
motion was 'for' 44, votes 'against' 0. All the councillors
resigned at the next meeting 19 July 1934.
17 September 1934
A new council was formed at a Parish meeting. New
councillors: Horace Odell, Herbert Barden, Eleanor Collins,
William Claridge, Rowland West (voted as chairman), Mr W E Burton
appointed Parish Clerk.
Seat erected near Tilbrook Farm.
Reference was made to the retirement of William Claridge who was
on the first Parish Council. A vote of thanks was passed to him
for his long and faithful service. A letter of sympathy was sent
to the Duke of Bedford for the loss of the Duchess.
An application was made for 12 cottages for farm workers.
The County Council took over maintenance of footpaths.
Rats were a problem near Manor Farm.
An application was made for 30 houses to be built. The most
suitable site would be the site in line with the existing Council
Protection of Woodlands and Trees. The Rural District Council
asked for recommendations as to what Woodlands and Trees should be
preserved under the Town & Country planning Act 9143. It was
resolved on the motion of Mr Garrett seconded by Mr Odell that the
Council reply that no definite spots be specified for preservation but
that the Council hope that Bow Brickhill woods be exempt from any
possible consideration for molestation.
Annual Parish Meeting. Housing - the meeting objected to the
development of housing at the back of the present council houses and
suggested the continuation of development below the existing council
houses and land already purchased for this purpose. Also the
meeting wished to draw attention to the suggested condemned cottages,
between Manor Farm and the Congregational Chapel and recommended
reconditioning or re-building.
Drain - the Clerk was requested to write to the O.C. Pioneer
Corps, Woburn Sands asking him to arrange that the drains outside 'The
Cheverals' and along the path leading from London End Lane to the
Brickhill woods be cleaned out.
The Council requested the Housing Surveyor and Water Manager be
requested to see that all polluted ditches in the village be
disinfected at least once a month. Also that the O.C. Pioneer
Corps be informed of the nuisance caused by the dumping of rubbish on
land occupied by the Forces suggesting this should be buried to
Footpath needed. The School Managers made a request to the
Parish Council that a footpath was needed through the village on the
side of the school in the interest of safety of the children.
1948 - 1963
[The minutes for the above period were temporarily mislaid - they
have now been found and extracts will be produced.]
Automatic barrier. British Rail suggested an automatic barrier at
Christmas Lighting. The additional cost for extended lighting in
the village was £2.
Precept: £60 Lighting, £15 General.
Greenways. The Rural District
Council asked the Parish Council for a suggestion for the new estate
road, after a discussion considering the local and original names for
both fields and the district the name "Greenway" was settled
The New City. Discussions began to take place regarding the
proposal new city. Newport Pagnell District Council rejected the
plan by 15 votes to 6. Whilst at a specially called meeting in
Bow Brickhill 6 votes against the plan with 2 for and 4 abstensions.
The Parish wrote to the Ministry rejecting the idea.
Traffic Calming. A number of questions were tabled at the
1. Mr Swann from the Cheverals wondered if the B557 would become
a link road between the M1 and the new city.
2. Mr Daniels stated that traffic on Church Road was too fast
3. Parishioners on the opposite side of the road to the school
complained of a lack of a path and requested a Zebra Crossing be
New School building. The AGM was held for the first time in
the new school buildings.
Bus Shelter. The Parish Council bought the first bus shelter
for £102.7s.od (paid for by precept) which was erected outside the
War Memorial. The war memorial was knocked down and damaged by
an unknown culprit. A house to house collection was made to
raise £45 to cover costs.
Playing Field. The need for a playing field was again raised.
Bus Shelter. Vandalism reported at the new bus
shelter. Repairs were made and the appropriate sign.
Downs Path. After numerous attempts to sort out the path over
the downs, a letter was sent to local MP, Robert Maxwell. He
organised a band of young socialist volunteers to clear the path.
3rd London Airport
A special public meeting regarding proposals for a third
London airport at Wing was addressed by Lt Col Philip Duncombe,
who stressed "that destructions would be caused to local villages
and there would be appalling intrusion by noise". The
Parish Council objected in the strongest terms.
Golf Course. Plans were put forward for a golf course on Bow
Brickhill heath. Locals were assured that all footpaths and
rights of way would be maintained. The original club house was
to have been sited near the current pumping station and Mercury tower.
Garages. Garages to be built in Greenways and Parkway.
Speed Limit. Bucks County Council proposed that the speed limit
on the village be increased from 30 to 40 but that the length of
restriction would be extended to include Greenways. The Parish
Council complained that he traffic travelled too fast as it was but the
increase was enforced.
Sports Club. Bow Brickhill Sports Club established.
Bletchley - Bedford Railway Closure Proposal. The Parish
Council protested in the strongest terms against the proposed
Milton Keynes Corporation. Representatives from the newly formed
MK Corporation attended the AGM for the first time. The proposed
village plan should include:
1. The provision of a playing field with an integral village hall
2. More bungalows for senior citizens
3. Provision of low cost starter homes
4. The Stoneground to be cleaned and used as a picnic area.
5. Landscaping of the village green.
Miners' Strike. the Parish Council visited every pensioner in
the Parish to check that they were coping all right.
Girl Guides. The Guides were temporarily disbanded until
Reads canning factory at Caldecotte.
Shelton Court, Woburn Sands. Six flats at the newly completed
Shelton Court were allocated to Bow Brickhill residents.
Playing Field. An open public meeting was called to discuss
purchasing 8 acres of land at Poplar Farm, the proposal was that a
limited number of houses be built on a new access road to the sports
field. The cost to the village would be £5,000, half of which
would be borrowed by the Parish Council from the Public Works Loan
Board. 37 in favour, 0 against with 5 abstentions.
The Bow Brickhill Playing Field Committee was established.
Bucks County Council agreed to put a footpath along Station Road on
opposite side of school.
The Wheatsheaf. The Wheatsheaf to be fully renovated.
London - Holyhead Trunk Road (A5) the diversion inquiry ref. Milton
Keynes progressing. Bow Brickhill Parish Council objected to the
Plant a Tree for 73. A number of new trees were planted along the
Woburn Sands Road, the village green and at the the playing fields (a
New Councillors. A Milton Keynes District Councillor
attended a Parish Council meeting for the first time.
Precept: £100 Lighting, £727 General Purpose
Safety Buzzers. Safety Buzzers installed for all OAPs living
Woburn Sands Golf Club
Construction of the golf course was now under way with much local
concern regarding the effect on the paths.
Pumping Station. Anglian Water installed a pumping station at
the playing field site after the purchase of a small piece of land for
Playground. Swings and a slide ordered for the new children's
playground total cost £199.80.
Playing Field and Pavilion. The new playing field and
Pavilion was opened on 2nd March 1975 some 80 years after the need was
first recognised. The Parish Council held its AGM in the new
Pavilion for the first time.
The Wheatsheaf. A Portakabin pub was used while the Wheatsheaf
Tilbrook Farm. Tilbrook Farm has been a constant force of
complaint as the owners used it to breed and train greyhounds - which
proved to be very vocal! The problem rumbled on for years and it
took the threat of an enforcement order to solve the problem.
Parish Clerk. Audrey Odell, Parish Clerk resigned after 29 years
Playing Field Draining. Draining of the Playing Field was
proving a problem as indeed it still is today! The Playing Field
Committee requested that the Parish Council take over running the
Golf Club Traffic. Traffic and access problems to the golf club
was causing local concern. The County Council agreed to carry
out a census.
War Memorial. Chains were removed from around the memorial and
Queen's Jubliee Celebrations. A special committee was set up to
plan the village celebrations.
School Clock. The Parish Council paid £1300 to have the school clock
repaired to celebrate both the Queen's Jubliee and the school's
Roadman. The village roadman, Harold Barker, retired after 37
School Centenary. The school celebrated its centenary on 21st
(Note: Notes from the School log similar to
these are available here.)
Tuesday Club. An afternoon club was established for the young at
heart, a meeting to be held each week at the new Pavilion - one of
their first trips was on the canal.
Oldest Inhabitant. Mrs Selby-Lowndes died just a few weeks prior
to her 100th birthday.
Caldecotte Lake. Concern was expressed about the proposed lake to
be developed at Caldecotte.
The climbing frame was vandalised at the playing field resulting in
the Parish Council decision to have it repaired and relocated to the
village school, where it was felt to be safer.
Street Lights. The new lighting scheme was installed after years
of debate, a number of complaints were promptly received that the
lights were too bright and some shades were fitted.
Church Road. "Unsuitable for Heavy Goods Vehicles"
signs erected at either end of Church Hill.
Traffic Calming. Another request was received for speed
restrictions and a zebra crossing in Station Road after a near fatal
accident to a child. This was refused because vehicular
movements were not at a sufficiently high level.
Stick em up Santa. Village children enjoyed a Christmas party
performed by 'EMMA' Professional Touring Company for just 10p each (to
cover the cost of refreshments). The Borough Council paid £15
and the Parish Council £20 covering other costs between them.
Parish Boundary. Councillors attended meetings regarding the review of
Parish Boundaries. In the case of Bow Brickhill no changes were
Pavilion. The Pavilion was repainted, refloored and the car park
and path resurfaced. Bingo continued to be held on a weekly
basis providing supplementary income to an average of £27 per week
Rectory. The Old Rectory and Glebe land in Church Road was sold.
Caldecotte & Tilbrook Development. Representatives from
MK Development Corporation visited the Parish to discuss the
development of Caldecotte and Tilbrook. The village was
particularly concerned about the proposed railway siding at Tilbrook.
An action committee was established and representations were made to
the Department of the Environment before the plans were withdrawn.
Hospital Donations. The Tuesday Club provided 20 hand knitted
woollen shawls and knee rugs and the WI provided 3 telephone trollies
all for Eaglestone Community Hospital.
Pineham Heliport. In conjunction with neighbouring parishes, Bow
Brickhill objected to the siting of a heliport at Pineham, arguing
that the routing of craft over the Brickhills would be obtrusive.
Roundabout. A proposal is received from the Council for a new
roundabout to be built at the Station corner of the Bletchley - Woburn
Sands road B557 and the C40 road.
New Pavilion Roof. The Pavilion roof had to be repaired at a
cost of £1,863.86.
Golf. Dunlop Masters held at Woburn Golf Club for the first
Caldecotte Lake. An application was received from the Secretary
of State to extinguish rights of way at Caldecotte in readiness for
the construction of the lake.
Royal Wedding. The Parish Council provided each child of school
age in the village with a Royal Wedding mug.
Governing Bodies. The structure of the school governing bodies
was altered such that the Parish Council could appoint one
representative only (whilst the County could nominate three without
Bank Account. Parish Council opened a deposit account at
Playing field drainage. The playing fields were drained with the
cost being split between the Borough Council £1138 and the Parish
Council £700 and the Playing Field Committee £1300.
The Village Plan. The Parish Council were asked to contribute
suggestions to the village plan. The following points were
raised and taken into consideration:
1. Traffic volume a problem both on
Station Road and Church Road particularly heavy vehicles for which the
hill is totally unsuitable.
2. Only 'infill' development to be permitted.
3. No further industrial development to be allowed.
4. Village not to be neglected in terms of general maintenance.
5. Church Path to be prevented from deteriorating further.
6. The bus service is inadequate.
Preservation Society. The possibility of establishing a Bow
Brickhill Preservation Society discussed.
Station Halt. New automatic level crossing installed.
Play Bus. Milton Keynes play bus visits the village.
Manor Farm Development. Fourhousees built at what is called
Grovesbrook. The old was was to be left standing.
Chairs. The Parish Council pay £100 towards cost of 50 stacking
chairs for the Pavilion.
Rubbish. The dumping of rubbish at Red Lane a problem.
Heliport at Kingston. The Parish Council objected in strong
Fred O'Dell. Mr Fred O'Dell resigns after 43 years service as a
Parish councillor many of which he served as chairman.
Senior Citizen Bungalows. Central heating (either electric or
solid fuel) installed.
Woburn Golf Club. The golf club applies for an extention to be
used for overnight accommodation.
Playing field. Draining still a problem. (Despite £11,00
Church Road. A petition is presented to the Parish Council
concerning the danger from traffic on Church Road.
Haynes Close. Bank built up at Haynes Close to prevent flooding.
Grant to Playgroup. A grant of £100 given to Playgroup who
where experiencing financial difficulties after a substantial rise in
rates at the Pavilion.
Village School - becomes a Grade II listed building. Children
are to transfer to High Ash Great Brickhill at the age of 8 rather
Playing Field Committee. The Playing Field couldn't raise a full
committee, each village organisation was written to asking that each
would sent a representative.
Essential repairs to the Pavilion to cost £4000.
New Development. MK Development Corporation visit Parish Council
with detailed proposals of the roads, housing, schools and industry to
be built at Walton, Caldecotte & Tilbrook. Concern was
expressed about the effect of inevitable additional traffic on the
Golf Tournaments. Complaints are received reference closure of
footpaths during the increasing number of tournaments. The club
explained that there could be a danger to walkers.
Anglian Water to link golf club to the mains sewer - concern expressed
as to whether the system could cope.
All Saints Church. The church celebrates its 800th anniversary
with an exhibition of village history and memorabillia.
Traffic calming. Another request submitted to reduce the speed
limit or introduce a weight restriction - both requests were turned
down by Bucks County Council.
Changes are made in the way parishes are funded, Precept £3855.
Gas. The Gas Board agrees to bring a supply to the village at a
cost of £350 for each house requiring the service, providing 25% take
up the offer.
Parish Boundary Review. Caldecotte and Tilbrook remain in the
Station Road resurfaced.
A5 roundabout. The Parish Council object to plans by Trust House
Forte to build a hotel at the roundabout which was refused, but a
replacement cafe was allowed.
Neighbourhood Watch. Following a spare of burglaries a Neighbourhood Watch scheme was
Caldecotte Caravan Site to be redeveloped and Reads factory to be
The clock tower is rebuilt in keeping with a listed building.
The Milk Race comes through Bow Brickhill.
Bow Brickhill School. Falling rolls means the school is
threatened with closure. An action committee is set up and the
Parish Council voices its support. The campaign coincides with
an election which helped to attract leading politicians and extra
The Pavilion is granted charitable status.
The last remaining village general store and post office closes.
A new Pavilion. Villagers are invited to the AGM to discuss the
possibility of a new Pavilion. A suggestion is made to sell off
part of the recreational area to fund the project.
After a hard struggle the school is granted a reprieve and is to stay
War Memorial. The war memorial is renovated and rededicated at
the Service of Remembrance.
New Bus Shelter. A new bus shelter is positioned outside the
school but complaints are received because it is sited by the zig-zag
Woburn Abbey. The Parish Council object to the proposed theme
park at Woburn Abby, designed by Tussauds to attract 2.5 million
visitors per annum. Objections were also expressed regarding a golf
course in Charle Wood.
Waymarks. Bedford Estates agree to waymark all paths.
David Taylor (Borough Councillor) compiles a photographic memory of
Bow Brickhill School children transfer to Walnut Tree Middle School
(now called Heronsgate) instead of High Ash at Great Brickhill.
Station Road declassified from B557 to 'C' road.
New Pavilion. Borough Council suggest a grant in the region of
£200,000 may be made available.
Ten minutes to be allowed for the public to speak at Parish Council
Duke of Bedford donates a Christmas tree to be displayed on the
Milton Keynes Development promises £231,000.00 for the new
Pavilion. (Note: this was an
error in the minutes - Milton Keynes Borough Council provided the
Little Brickhill by-pass gets the go ahead.
The new village stores opens.
New Pavilion. Before a brick is laid the Borough threatens to
defer the grant to a later date. The Parish Council protest
loudly as £13,750.00 had already been spent on design and
planning. Planning permission was granted in August 1991 and the
building contract signed in October.
Village badly hit by a number of burglaries, car crime in the
woods. The village seats are stolen.
A questionnaire is circulated to establish if there is a need for 'low
cost housing'. Results showed that there is a need.
An extra Parish Council meeting called to study the constitution of
the Playing Field Committee and make amendments as necessary in
readiness for the formation of a new management committee to
administer the new Pavilion and playing fields.
The County Council look at the possibility of closing Church Road and
gates are positioned at either end of Church path.
Permission refused to relocate Footpath no. 9 (from Parkway to Bow
The footpath to Woburn Sands in a poor state largely because of horse
The new Pavilion opened but suffering from some design faults.
The children's play area fenced in at a cost of £1442.52 to safeguard
the children from the effects of dog fouling.
Footpaths through the woods and Stoneground. It is noted
that horses are not always using the bridleways through the 600 acres
access area and that cars and motor bikes are damaging the area at the
De-humidifiers had to be used in the Pavilion to help compensate the
condensation problems being experienced.
Mr Ken Burton. (AGM May 1992). Tribute was paid to
Councillor Burton who sadly died earlier this year. His efforts
and contributions to the Parish Council and the village will be
Church Path. Mr Lambourne of Bucks County Council was invited to
discuss the present situation of the Church Path. A complaint
had been lodged regarding the gates which had been erected by the
Parish Council. It was eventually decided the path should be a
By-Way which means the Bucks County Council will have to maintain
it. Horses and pedestrians and limited vehicles (funerals and
weddings) would be allowed.
Seats. Two seats were replaced, one at each end of the village
and a rubbish bin for the village green and the children's play area
were also purchased.
Mechanical devices were fixed to the tower windows in the Pavilion in
order that they could be opened safely when a function is being held
to help with condensation.
Best Kept Village. The Parish Council entered the village into
the Best Kept Village competition. Sorry to say we did not win.
Lamp in Downs View. The Borough Council's refuse lorry damaged a
street light in Downs View. It took several months to get it
New Councillor. Mrs Holland (daughter of Mr Ken Holland) was
co-opted onto the Parish Council.
Roads & Paths. The roads and footpaths throughout the
village are in urgent need of attention. Clerk to write to the
A survey was carried out to assess the volume of traffic through
the village. Results were sent to MK Highways Committee and
Bucks County Council.
Outside Lighting. Outside lighting was fitted to the Pavilion
including security lights to try and control some of the vandalism
which was a constant problem.
Local Government Review. Parish Council were invited to put
their views forward as to the proposed changes in local
government. Councillors were concerned that Bow Brickhill may
lose its identity. They proposed that the Parish boundary should
be the railway line.
School Entrance. There was concern of the danger to childrnen at
the school entrance. Governors and councillors felt a barrier
should be erected outside the school so that children could not run
directly onto the road. After consultation with Bucks County
Council this was put on hold. Bucks County Council felt a
barrier could provide more dangerous as motorists may not see a child
behind a barrier. The argument goes on! (Note:
a barrier was erect ten years later in 2003.)
Brickhills Charities. Research is made as to where the
correspondence and bank accounts for the charities are held after a
parishioner brought up the subject at the AGM. It was discovered
that the charities are still in operation although there is verylittle money left. The accounts are as follows:
The School Account: £149.16
The Parochial Account: £245.65p
The councillors asked if anyone knew of someone with a need to please
let them know.
Anglian Water. Problems are being experienced throughout the
village with flooding and constant smells from the sewage
system. Representatives from Anglian Water were invited to a
council meeting to discuss the problems. They agreed to carry
out a survey to check that the storm water was not getting into the
sewage system as the flooding occurs after heavy rainfall. Due was
used during the tests and followed through the system it was found not
to go into the sewers. it was discovered that several houses had
storm water pipes going into the system from extensions and
conservatories. Anglian Water promised to look into this.
The Council feel that the system needs updating as since it has been
installed the village has practically doubled in size plus of course
the golf course with its many tourists. Anglian Water reported
that they are to renew piping under the level crossing at the bottom
of the village in early 1995 which should help with the flooding of
gardens in this area. They asked that any smells be reported to
them as soon as possible so they can be monitored.
Centenary. An exhibition is to be held to celebrate the
centenary of the Parish Council on December 4th 1994.