Welcome to the Akeley Parish Council website

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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


When are they taking place?

The Town & Parish Council elections will take place on 7 May 2020.  Hours of poll will be 7am – 10pm.

What other elections are taking place on this date?

The Unitary elections for the new Buckinghamshire Council and the Polic & Crime Commissioner elections will also be taking place on 7 May 2020, hours of poll exactly the same.

How will the elections be administered?

As the Register of Electors are not going to be merged before the Elections, the elections will be administered by the relevant current District offices.  For example, Akeley Parish Council falls within the existing district of Aylesbury Vale, this will be administered by the Aylesbury Vale district office.

What is the process for the verification and Count, and when will they take place?

As there are three elections taking place on the same day, ALL ballot boxes for all the elections will need to be verified before any counting takes place.  This is because the Returning Officer will need to ensure that all votes issued are accounted for, and are not in the wrong box for the Count.

At close of poll at 10pm, the Presiding Officer will return their ballot boxes, and all associated documentation to the Count venues.  Verification for all of the three elections will then take place that evening.

The Returning Officer has determined that the Count for the Buckinghamshire Unitary Council Elections will take place on Friday 8 May 2020 commencing at 10am.

The Count for the Town and Parish Elections will take place on Saturday 9 May 2020 commencing at 10am.

The arrangements for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections are being run by the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for the Thames Valley region.  The Buckinghamshire Returning Officer is still awaiting confirmation on the details of the Count for this election although it is understood that the Count for this election will take place on Monday 11 May 2020.


Would you be interested in joining Akeley Parish Council?

What does it involve? There are six formal meetings per year, plus responding to circulated documents and e-mails. Duties include taking responsibility for the village recreational field, children’s play area, allotments and street lighting, commenting on planning applications, attending meetings to represent village interests, applying for grants, spending the precept wisely, and more. You can find out more about Akeley Parish Council by visiting the village website: www.akeleyparishcouncil.gov.uk

In brief, to be a Parish Councillor you must be over 18 and qualify in at least one of the following:

  • be a registered local government elector for the Parish
  • occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the Parish for the whole of the previous 12 months
  • had your principal or only place of work in the parish for the previous 12 months
  • resided in the Parish, or within 3 miles of the parish boundary, during the previous 12 months.

What should you do next?

For more information, please contact the Parish Clerk;


Ruth Millard, 32 Campbell Close, Linden Village, Buckingham MK18 7HP  Telephone: 01280 814739.

November 7, 2019Permalink

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



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

Thames Valley Alert – See it? Report it. Don’t wait! – Aylesbury Vale

thames_valley This is a message sent via Thames Valley Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Message sent by
Naveenat Sahota (Police, Local Comms, Thames Valley)

The Aylesbury Vale Neighbourhood Policing Team is asking residents to report any suspicious activity to us immediately in order to tackle rural crime, gather vital intelligence and target rural offenders.

Rural crime remains a high priority for Thames Valley Police and the Aylesbury LPA is committed to supporting and protecting rural communities that often feel vulnerable and isolated. The neighbourhood policing teams will not be complacent and continue to actively police the rural areas of Aylesbury Vale in order to disrupt and deter criminal activity.
The Force Intelligence Bureau is working closely with rural communities to build up an overall intelligence picture surrounding rural crime. Gathering intelligence and information is a vital part of investigating crime and it can’t be done without the public’s help. It is this intelligence which will allow us to find, prosecute and convict the people who are committing the crimes which are affecting rural communities the most.
Insp James Davies, said: “We value input from the public to gather intelligence and help us progress police investigations related to rural offending.Your local policing team will have a better chance of catching people committing rural crime offences, if the incident is reported at the time and there are no delays.
“It’s also extremely important to report anything you might find unusual or suspicious, however unimportant it may seem at the time, as soon as you see it. Please don’t wait to make the call”.
If you have information or intelligence you would like to share with Thames Valley Police, no matter how big or small, please either email FIBruralcrime@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or call the 24 hour, non-emergency number 101. If you believe it is a crime in progress, please always dial 999.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. (opens new window) No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
This post can also be viewed on the ‘Neighbourhood and Policing’ page by clicking here.
July 11, 2014Permalink