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

Defibrillator Demonstration (November 2015)

Many of you will have noticed the recently-installed
Automated External Defibrillator contained within the yellow cabinet
adjacent to the new notice board outside the school.

On Monday 9th November 2015 there will be an AED demonstration
to which all villagers are invited and encouraged to attend.

Lives have been saved by the prompt use of these devices.
Please come along and learn how it is to be used in a cardiac emergency situation.

Sam McGhee, our volunteer Community First Responder will be assisting,
along with Del Flint the local CFR trainer.
The session will begin at 7pm in the Village Hall,
and will be followed by a Parish Council meeting.

We hope to see you there.

November 2, 2015Permalink

Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic (2014)




BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has made an Order, which will temporarily prohibit any vehicle from proceeding, except for access, in those lengths of Main Street, Lillingstone Road and Towcester Road in the Parishes of Akeley and Lillingstone Lovell, which commences at its junction with Coronation Cottages and continues to its junction with Deanshanger Road.

The alternative route for vehicles affected by the closures will be via Main Street, Buckingham Road, Towcester Road, Duck Lane, A413 Moreton Road, A422 Market Hill, West Street, Brackley Road, Buckingham Road, Brackley Road, Buckingham Road, Brackley Road, A43 (Northamptonshire), A413 (Northamptonshire), Brackley Road (Northamptonshire), Towcester Road and vice versa.

The closures are required whilst micro surfacing works take place and it is anticipated that the works will take place between 1 September 2014 and 30 September 2014 for 7 days in this period.  The works will take place between 0700 hours and 1900 hours each day.

The Order will come into operation on 1 September 2014 when the appropriate signs are lawfully displayed and will continue in force for a period of 18 months or until the works have been completed, whichever is the earlier.

Penalties for not observing these restrictions will be as prescribed by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Road Traffic Act 1991.

Dated 22 August 2014.

August 1, 2014Permalink

Superfast broadband coming to Akeley!!!


On Wednesday 19th March 2014 we received confirmation from the government team at the Department of Culture Media & Sport that the bid for funding Superfast broadband has been approved. This amounts to over £580k (75%) from the government and a further £190k+ (25%) from BT making a total of over £770k for our North East Bucks community along with 1 other in South Bucks and 1 in Herts.

Our 4 villages – Lillingstone Lovell, Lillingstone Dayrell, Akeley and Leckhampstead –  should have access to Superfast Broadband within 12 months. Many thanks to all of the residents of Akeley who signed up as well as the Superfast Broadband Group, “Czars of Akeley”  and Villagers of Lovell, Dayrell and Leckhampstead – what a great team effort – your passion for superfast broadband is ultimately why we were successful. Our thanks our Bucks CC Councillor – Warren Whyte and our AVDC District Councillor’ Pearl Lewis; and of course, a big thank you to our MP John Bercow. John’s intervention was key to our bid being a success.

The next step is a lot more paperwork including a formal change request to the Bucks Broadband rollout programme. That will lead to detail timing which we will of course share when it’s known.

Finally a very big thank you to Ian Flexer and Chris Rawson of  Bucks Business First who wrote and submitted this winning bid in partnership with our community and the 2 other community groups.

For more information please click here.



March 24, 2014Permalink

A43 Resurfacing Schemes


Resurfacing schemes are taking place between Wood Burcote junction and Northampton Road roundabout from 15th March for 5 weeks.

The works will renew the existing worn carriageway surface and the road markings will also be reinstated.  Works will be carried out overnight to minimise disruption to road users.  Apologies have been made in advance as some disruption will be generated.

Hours of work are:

  • Monday to Sunday 7:00pm to 6:00am 
  • Friday to Saturday 7:00pm to 9:00am
  • Saturday to Sunday 6:00pm to 6:00am

Further information can be found by clicking the following link: www.highways.gov.uk/roads?projectregion=midlands&s

March 23, 2014Permalink