The warmer weather has brought renewed energy to Hughenden Parish Council, our councillors and officers have been busy setting up new committees, working groups and re-connecting with the community!

New dog bins have been installed on The Crick playing field in Naphill and on Stag Lane, Great Kingshill and an audit is underway to repair any bins across the parish that may have become weather damaged or are simply looking a little tired.  If you would like to help the council in identifying these issues or see anything that you think may need repairing, please take a photo and send us an email.

You may have seen an advertisement for mini allotments at Primrose Hill circulated over recent months. Due to further environmental consideration, this project has been delayed. Now that the Council has a brand-new Environment & Services Committee, we hope to revisit the idea in the future!

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New electric gates have been installed at the Garden of Rest at Four Ashes, helping to keep our garden safe and secure, to be enjoyed by all our residents. The gates will open at 5am each morning and close at 9pm, these hours will change as we move towards Winter, we will keep you informed! Currently we do not have pedestrian access out of the Garden after 9pm so if you do plan to stay late into the night, pleasure ensure you take a vehicle and slowly approach the gates, they will open automatically. Any access into the Garden of Rest after dark will not be permitted.

In a recent article, the Council stated that we were trying our best to address overgrown hedges across the Parish. Our grounds maintenance team have been busy over the past week trimming back the worst hedges across the parish while we continue to work towards a permanent solution. Please remember that most of the hedges across the parish are owned by you, our parishioners, more information on this can be found in our October 2022 Newsletter.  As well as the hedges, the public footpaths have now been strimmed, making access for all a lot easier!

Our Tree Arborist Team have been working hard to address the trees owned by the Council that are sick or overgrowing, the schedule is large and covers a wide area and we appreciate your patience while they work their way through it. If you would like more information on this please let us know!

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The growing conditions for our allotment holders have been sublime this season and we are seeing a lot of fantastic vegetables and flora! This does also mean that some plots are growing beyond their boundaries, if you are having trouble managing your allotment and need a helping hand, please do reach out and we may be able to help you or find someone who can! We still have a few allotments plots available across the parish, to make an enquiry, please contact the office.

You may have noticed that a swing has been removed from our Great Kingshill Playground due to safety concerns. We now have a Playgrounds Working Group who are busy working on a strategy to address playgrounds across the parish and we are hoping to have good news soon!

Our 2022/23 Finances have now wrapped up and our Exercise of Public Rights and reports from year end are available under the Finance section of our website, more on this coming soon!

If you would like to become a Councillor or be part of our growing operations team please send an email to clerk@hughenden-pc.gov.uk,  give me a call on 01494 715 296 or simply pop in to the Council office for a chat.

The Council would also like to thank Emma Marsden, for all her hard work in updating and managing our Burials Office whilst recruitment was underway for permanent staff. We can proudly say that all of our records are now up to date.

Lastly, I would like to thank you, our parishioners, you are our eyes and ears around the Parish and I simply could not do this job without you!

Clerk to Hughenden Parish Council