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The Hughenden Neighbourhood Action Group is active in the area, with the objective to assist the police in controlling matters of concern in the Parish, and to engage residents in improving the environment. Activities undertaken by NAG include regular Speedwatch sessions, whereby members of NAG and community volunteers man the Vehicle Aided Sign which displays the speed of a vehicle on approach, noting details of any speeding vehicles which are passed on to the police who then send a warning letter to the speeding motorist.  NAG also coordinate litter picking sessions, encouraging residents to keep the village and countryside tidy, as well as reporting antisocial behaviour and reporting any criminal damage in the village.  Read the latest NAG newsletter here.

Neighbourhood Watch is a community based organisation, and most roads in the village are covered by a road co-ordinator. Membership is free, and members are encouraged to receive the police ‘Ringmaster’ messages via the co-ordinator and to display the door stickers to assist in keeping the village a low crime area. Success has been achieved in most areas of crime: burglary, anti-social behaviour and car crime are rare, and thanks to the ‘no cold calling’ stickers, doorstep crime is also rare. We want to keep it this way!

If you do not receive a visit from your road co-ordinator, but wish to become involved, please contact our local area co-ordinator who lives in the village: Stan Jones on 01494 716278.

Village Issues

For the latest information on local issues please also see:

 
 
 
Hedge Cutting
 
Message from Hughenden Parish Council:
 
Residents are reminded to trim hedges and trees that are adjacent to footpaths and roads.  It is still the landowner's responsibility even if these are outside of their main fence but still on their land. Please remember to check for nesting birds first! If residents have any concerns then please contact the HPC office as it is important that footpaths are not restricted.
 
Litter in the village
 
The pandemic has frustrated the annual GKRA litter picking event, but we would like to encourage villagers to still do their bit. Litter-picking equipment is available from Hughenden Parish Council or from Stan Jones from the Neighbourhood Action Group.
 
Don't be a doggy-do dimwit!
 
A concerned village resident has highlighted a rather revolting issue created by unthinking dog walkers. Any responsible dog owner realises the importance of picking up after their pet, and although this is not the most enjoyable activity, it is the considerate thing to do.  However, it is becoming abundantly clear that there are some who go to the effort of bagging up Bingo's bounty, only to then fling, sling or bung the dung into the nearest hedgerow or tree, or hang it on a fencepost as a fitting final resting place. This is perhaps even more antisocial than leaving the mess in situ, where it would have degraded over time, as the muck is now preserved for posterity in a plastic bag. It is, of course, best practice to pick up after your pooch, and in some situations, such as on a footpath that runs through a farmer's cattle field, it is absolutely imperative that this is done as dog excrement can have serious health implications for farmyard animals if ingested.

There are several dog waste bins in the village for hygienic waste disposal and, failing that, any normal public litter bin will suffice for putting the poop. So, please, once you've bagged it, bin it!
 
 
Parking on pavements - please be considerate! 
 
A village resident has voiced concern about inconsiderate parking on pavements which is a recurring issue in many places throughout the UK. Whilst parking on the pavement outside of the city of London is not illegal, it can be both inconvenient and often dangerous for pedestrians who find the footpath blocked, sometimes entirely, by someone who has parked in a hurry and without due care and attention for fellow road and pavement users. 
 
The Highway Code states the following:
 
244. You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.
Law GL(GP)A sect 15
 
There are some roads in the village where parking on the pavement is a necessary evil. However, pavement parking can be dangerous on the main routes through the village (e.g. Missenden Road) where it can cause a hazard to pedestrians and other vehicles. If you do find yourself in a situation where you have to park your car on the pavement, please do so in a considerate fashion, allowing enough room for pedestrians to pass by, bearing in mind people with pushchairs or in wheelchairs etc. Pushing the wing mirror in on the pavement side is also a courteous gesture!
 

 

Dog owners warned after pets shot for attacking sheep

Now that the weather is more clement and it is pleasant to get out into the country with the dog, as responsible owners it is our duty to keep our animals under control. GKRA have been asked by the local farming community to request that owners think before releasing dogs off the lead on farmland.

 

This police statement came from the ITV website:

"We are now well into lambing season and we are already starting to have problems with dogs. Farmers are within their rights to shoot dogs worrying sheep on their land. To lose sheep and unborn lambs has a big effect on farmers' livelihoods. To lose a loved pet causes huge upset for dog owners too. All it takes to avoid this distress is to keep dogs on leads and make sure they cannot get out and run loose." PC MIKE BARNETT

Nobody wants to lose a family pet, but this is a possibility if your dog threatens the life of a farm animal and the livelihood of the farmer. Please keep your dog on a lead on farmland. 

AGM - Sunday 27th September 2020 at 7.30pm

 

During these times of social distancing, this year's AGM will be held by a Virtual (Zoom) Meeting. This will enable you to join the meeting from the comfort of your own home!

To watch and participate in the meeting, you will need to download the Zoom App to your computer/device. The link for this meeting which will prompt the installation of this app on your computer is as follows: http://tiny.cc/GKRA2020AGM

Your device will need to be able to process sound and you may need a webcam should you wish to be seen as well as heard if you choose to ask a question!

If you already have the Zoom App installed, the details for this AGM are as follows:

Meeting ID:  865 6610 3783
Passcode:  628029

Alternatively, you can dial in to the meeting. This will enable you to listen in and ask any questions you may have at the end. It should be noted that this call is not toll free.

Dial by your location:


+44 203 481 5237 United Kingdom
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+44 203 901 7895 United Kingdom
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Meeting ID: 865 6610 3783
Passcode: 628029

 

Please join us at this virtual meeting with your thoughts and ideas as to how the GKRA can best represent you.

New committee members are always welcome!