Aylesbury Vale District Council has carried out an appraisal of Akeley village, and has designated a single, small Conservation Area centred on the historic core of the settlement containing a large number of historic buildings. The proposal was approved at the Aylesbury Vale District Council meeting on 5th March 2008.
This initiative has been supported by the Parish Council and a copy of the final document can be downloaded by clicking here. Any detailed questions should be passed to the Conservation Area Officer at Aylesbury Vale District Council on 01296 585244 or 01296 585748 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you are welcome to contact any one of the councillors or write to the Parish Council. Contact details can be found by clicking here.
Here is a map of the conservation area:
The following is a letter that has been sent to all residents of Akeley within the Conservation Area:
The following is extracted from the proposal:
There is a strong sense of ownership throughout Akeley, and local residents value their village highly. Strong boundaries delineate properties providing enclosure around the public spaces and residents take good care of their houses and gardens. All these features contribute to the special character of the village.
There is limited green space within the proposed Conservation Area. With the exception of the churchyard and grass verges, all the green space within the area is private garden. Outside the Conservation Area there is a recreation ground to the east of Church Hill. To the south west of the Conservation Area there is another area of green space. This area is in private ownership, although it may originally have been part of a larger public common. It has been split into private paddocks, but is criss-crossed with public footpaths. The many tall trees and hedges that run along property boundaries frame views around the area. There is a strong sense of enclosure along the length of Main Street, which contrasts with the open feeling of The Square.
Conservation Area designation cannot prevent development, nor should it endeavour to do so as it would prevent further organic growth of the settlement. However, it is important that designation and other forms of protection inform planning decisions and prevent modern construction from obscuring that which is special about the area. In the case of Akeley this would include the historic plan form and architectural variety, the green and open character of the surrounding area, and the intangible aspects of character such as the sense of movement through and around the village.
War Memorial Restoration
|Our local MP John Bercow was among the 100 plus people who attended the rededication of the Akeley War Memorial. It has been restored under the auspices of Akeley Parish Council with the work being carried out by Angela Hawker, John Hockley, Elaine Rowlands and John Tibbett's. The stone work was carried out by H.W.Mason and Sons of Newport Pagnell. It was paid for by relatives of the deceased, villagers and friends.|
The service of re-dedication was conducted by Margaret Culley and held the churchyard.
|The British Legion attended and the last post was sounded. Wreathes were laid by John Bercow representing the relatives, friends and villagers, Peter Hay representing the British Legion and John Hockley representing the sub committee. Other people laid poppy crosses at the memorial. The Dough Boys First World War Re-enactment Group concluded the service by firing a volley.
A document that records the restoration work and re-dedication service is now available here on this website.
Please click below to download a copy of it.
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If you would like a copy of these and other pictures, please click below for the report in Adobe PDF format. Akeley War Memorial finished.
|As many of you will be aware, the War Memorial in the village churchyard has been re-inscribed.
The restoration of the Akeley War Memorial was completed on Thursday August 7th 2008 The names of those men killed in World War 1 have been re-inscribed and the blank tablets affixed to the two opposing sides for balance. The verses have been re-inscribed on the reverse of the memorial.
The Akeley War Memorial has been restored under the auspices of Akeley Parish Council with the work being carried out by Angela Hawker, John Hockley, Elaine Rowlands and John Tibbetts. The work was carried out by H.W.Mason and Sons of Newport Pagnell. It was paid for by relatives of the deceased, villagers and friends.
The service of re-dedication conducted by Margaret Culley will be held in the churchyard (or in the village hall if wet) and the unveiling will be by John Bercow MP. The British Legion will be in attendance and the last post will be sounded. Wreathes will be laid by John Bercow representing the relatives, friends and villagers, Peter Hay representing the British Legion and John Hockley representing the sub committee. Poppy crosses will be available for those who wish to place these at the memorial. The Dough Boys First World War Re-enactment Group will conclude the service by firing a volley.
Some pictures of the memorial before restoration are reproduced (left) with kind permission of Buckinghamshire Remembers.
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