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Welcome to the website for Akeley village, brought to you by Akeley Parish Council.
The Akeley Parish Council website is provided in order to provide factual and informative content relating to the Parish Council and the village community.
For our latest news see below to view the latest posts.

Each month, the website will be updated with the Minutes and Agendas for the council meetings, along with any other content we have which will be of use to the village. Some sections of the website maybe under construction, please be patient with us while we get the content sorted for these pages.

It is hoped that you will find these pages both useful and interesting, and we would welcome any contributions to the website you may have.

Please email any ideas or contributions to the webmaster by clicking here: webmaster@akeleyparishcouncil.gov.uk.

 

July 20, 2012Permalink

Leys Field News

Update regarding Leys Field Planning application
Following a site meeting with parish councillors in November the developers revised their planning application by dropping the floor level of the houses by 1 metre and  wrote to the parish council offering to transfer land to the rear of the site into the ownership of the Parish Council so that it could be retained for the benefit of the village in perpetuity.  This was discussed at the November parish council meeting and it was agreed that the Clerk would write to W E Black Ltd to accept the offer. The following letter was subsequently received.  The Parish Council met on 4th December to discuss the content of this letter and resolved that the Clerk would reply to the developer to advise that to date the only views formally expressed by the villagers of Akeley have been objections and the Parish Council would need to ensure that it had a clear mandate to consider withdrawing its objection to the scheme. Mr Eric Gadsden, Managing Director, W E Black Ltd has agreed that the letter be made public prior to the January Parish Council Meeting in order to give members of the public the opportunity to comment.
The date for the next meeting is Monday 14th January.  Members of the public are invited to attend and will have the opportunity to express their views during the public session which takes place at the start of the meeting.  Alternatively you may email your comments to parishclerk@akeleyparishcouncil.gov.uk 
The full letter can be seen here – Letter from W E Black (Leys Field)
Many thanks
Julie (Parish Clerk)

 

January 4, 2019Permalink

Lost Ways Article

RESTORING THE RECORD or “FINDING THE MISSING LINKS”

 

On 1st January 2026, it will no longer be possible to use historic map and documentary evidence to claim ‘lost ways’.   Any path, track, alleyway, bridleway, cut-through etc. not registered on the Definitive Map – or submitted for registration – could well be in danger of being lost   Even old and still well-used, but officially unrecorded, routes may be at risk.

What does this actually mean to those who walk, cycle or horse ride along our public footpaths and bridleways?  The basic message is stark – we take our access to the countryside for granted; we use routes for recreation and as a means of linking places together without thinking but, if we don’t check what we already have or what has been used in the past and that it is legally recorded, we could lose them forever.  The ancient maxim on which many claimants have relied, in the past: “once a highway always a highway” will be history.

Simply put, a small strip of land between a highway and the start of a definitive path might be unregistered.   After 2026, a landowner could put a gate or fence across it and restrict all entry to the public – quite legally – thus permanently hindering access to the countryside because we have assumed, but not checked, that the Definitive Map is up-to-date and accurate.   It will not be just our generation which will suffer but those who follow after us and is that the legacy we wish to leave them?   It is worth the risk?

The ‘Restoring the Records’ project is two-pronged with something for everyone; volunteers are needed to check maps, walk paths to ensure the correct signs are in place, do research, interview local people about their memories and get new links approved – to list just a few activities and it is local knowledge that will be the key.

 The plan is to recruit a volunteer [s] in every Buckinghamshire Parish and Town Council to spread the load and speed up the exercise – 10 years passes far quicker than you might think!   No previous knowledge or training is needed; the Project Team is preparing a simple step-by-step guide which will answer most of the more common questions and will supply a map of your local area showing the rights of way.

If you are interested in becoming involved in this fascinating and very important treasure hunt, please contact Ross Osborn, the Project’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, on rossosborn41@gmail.com who will be happy to answer any questions and arrange for all necessary information and maps to be sent to you.

October 27, 2016Permalink