Does a street light shine in to your house, and particularly into your bedroom?
The problem can be fixed easily by a contractor putting black tape on the specific part of the light which points in your direction, and the Clerk to the Parish Council can make that happen for you.
If that applies to you, please advise the Clerk via firstname.lastname@example.org . If it’s a side road, the Clerk will deal with it. If it’s the main road through Marlow Bottom, she will liaise with Buckinghamshire Council to get it sorted for you.
Peter Borrows, a stalwart of the Valley, and Chairman of the Marlow Bottom Valley Residents Association, recently brought to the attention of the Parish Council an upcoming change in legislation, which means that some of our rights of way will disappear in 2026. That sound a long way away, but the time will fly by!
Official rights of way, the term that covers both footpaths and bridleways, are shown on a Definitive Map held by counties. Buckinghamshire is fortunate in this respect as the county has maintained the map better than most. However, over the years, rights of way have disappeared through lack of use or landowners blocking access unchallenged: and there many unofficial footpaths that don’t appear on any map.
In 2000, Parliament decided that unrecorded ways should be extinguished at the end of 1 January 2026 unless formally recorded on a definitive map. The intention was to provide clarity to landowners, but it follows that public access to informal tracks may thereafter be denied. This could be very limiting as those of us who walk around Marlow Bottom will be aware. However there is a process by which rights can be confirmed or asserted, but it involves documentary research, followed by application to the county authority or possibly the Secretary of State (The Planning Inspectorate).
The COVID crisis has been an opportunity for many people to renew their acquaintance with the network of footpaths and bridleways in and around Marlow Bottom. It will have been evident that state of these varies, many in want of attention, either from overgrown vegetation or from rubbish dumped by those who see them as convenient resting grounds for garden waste. Garden encroachment is another issue in places.
The present lock down presents a unique opportunity to address this issue in our valley. A purposeful and coordinated programme of walks and research could lay the groundwork for ensuring that the freedom to walk around our valley is secured for the future.
We are therefore seeking your help, and we want that in one of two ways.
The easy job, once we’re organised, will be to advise us of issues with footpaths and bridleways, and in particular to advise of footpaths and bridleways which are not shown on definitive maps, and will therefore be lost to us all in 2026. There will be tool available to help you to this – more info will follow in due course.
The much harder job is for someone to project manage this.
That volunteer will need good project management skills, will need to have the time available to make this happen (perhaps retired, perhaps on furlough), and a love of the countryside will be an undoubted benefit.
If you want to volunteer to be a walker for us, either just during the lockdown or longer term, please email email@example.com to advise. For now, you’ll just go on a list, but you’ll soon be allocated some work to do. To help us to that in a way that doesn’t break any of the lockdown rules, please include your full postal address within that email.
And if you think you have the skills, the motivation, and the time required to be the Project Manager, please let the Clerk know via the same address. All you’ll be committing to is a conversation to learn more about what’s involved. If no-one steps up, we may well lose a valuable local asset. If you’re even a “vaguely maybe” please do get in touch.
31st March marks the last day of the existence of Wycombe District Council. We are proud to have served as your Councillors on that Council We hope that any time you’ve needed to call upon us, we’ve been there for you.
On 1st April, we become two of the five Unitary Councillors serving the ward known as Chiltern Villages, which includes the Marlow Bottom and Great Marlow parishes. We have agreed with the other three Councillors that each of the five will deal with the affairs of the areas we looked after before. It makes sense for us to work with people and in a geography that we already know.
In the short term you can still contact us via our WDC email addresses below, and our phone numbers remain as before.
We look forward to serving you for another year, until the elections in May 2021.
And at this difficult time we sincerely wish only the best for you and your loved ones.
Mark Harris Dominic Barnes
In response to the many elderly or vulnerable people who are being advised to self-isolate our online community support hub has now been launched. This will help people to find ways to get involved or find support. The page can be found here https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/
I would like to bring to your attention a new group that has been set up called Wild Marlow. A group of enthusiasts, passionate about wildlife and protecting biodiversity in the Marlow area. By engaging with the local community through fun events, competitions, volunteering and work parties, we can raise awareness of the importance of a balanced ecosystem through knowledge, experience and pratical tasks. We plan to work with other like minded community groups, to achieve the biggest impact throughout Marlow, Marlow Bottom and Little Marlow, focusing on domestic gardens, parks, nature reserves, SSSIs and public open spaces.
We are holding our inaugural meeting on Thursday 29th August, at 7.30pm at The Two Brewers, Marlow, where I hope people will attend to find out more and volunteer to help the group get off the ground. We are following in the excellent steps of Wild Maidenhead and Wild Cookham, hoping to achieve similar results for the Marlow area.
I hope you will be happy to work with us as we find our feet and begin our work, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to see some of you at our first meeting.
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Landmark Neighbourhood Watch Cybercrime Survey Launched
Help us understand the impact of cybercrime and be in with a chance to win £50 worth of M&S vouchers
Neighbourhood Watch has today launched a landmark new survey to understand the impact of cybercrime on communities across England and Wales.
Traditionally Neighbourhood Watch has been focused on keeping people safe in the places they live but with the advent of new technology, it’s clear people can be at their most vulnerable when they occupy online spaces.
Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre run by the City of London Police, revealed that last year cybercrime victims lost £28m to online criminals. It reports more than 12,000 cases of cybercrime every six months.
With the threat from online criminals only ever increasing, it is essential we understand the impact this type of crime has on members as well as their understanding and perception of cybercrime.
The survey, designed in conjunction with cybersecurity company Avast, takes just 10 minutes to complete and one lucky responder will be in with a chance to win £50 worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers.
The survey can be completed via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/nw_cybercrime
It would be great if you could share the survey with other Neighbourhood Watch members particularly those who have been victims of cybercrime.
This news story on our website can be shared with friends, family and neighbours or on your social media profiles: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/landmark-cybercrime-survey-launched/