Latest News

Green Dragon and Land West of Churchway Development Management Committee Dates

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) has scheduled the Development Management Committee meetings for the following planning applications:

Land West of Churchway (17/02280/AOP)  - The Strategic Development Management Committee meeting has been scheduled for 8th January 2020 at 1pm. For the agenda and other details of the meeting, see AVDC's website.

The Green Dragon, 8 Churchway (19/03535/APP) - The Development Management Committee meeting has been scheduled for 9th January 2020 at 1pm. For the agenda and other details of the meeting, see AVDC's website.  The planning officer is currently recommending that the request for change of use to residential be APPROVED. 

Those who submitted written comments about the planning applications are able to apply to speak at the meetings. Those who wish to speak must register before 12 noon on Tuesday 7th January 2020. To register,  follow the link to AVDC's website. For more information on who can speak at Development Management Committee Meetings, see AVDC's 'having your say' leaflet.



Christmas Opening Hours and Information

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Haddenham Parish Council!
The Parish Council office will be open as normal on Tuesday 24th December 2019 until 12pm. We will then be closed over the Christmas break until 9am on 2 January 2020.

Information from Aylesbury Vale District Council :
Bin collection dates will change over the Christmas period. See the table below or follow the link for more information from AVDC's website.

Usual Collection Date   Revised Collection Date     Bin to put out
Monday 30/12/2019        Tuesday 31/12/2019              Household Waste
Monday 06/01/2020        Tuesday 07/01/2020              Recycling

How to dispose of your Christmas tree:
If you're a garden waste customer, please remember to remove any decorations and cut the tree down to smaller, manageable pieces before placing in your brown garden waste bin ready for the first collections in 2020. If you've not subscribed to the garden waste collection service, please take your Christmas tree to a local household recycling centre.

280 Christmas timetable
Over the festive period, Arriva will be running an amended timetable for the 280 with no services running on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years' Day. For full details, see Arriva's website.

Speed Limit Consultation

Transport for Buckinghamshire has been commissioned by Haddenham Parish Council & the Local Area Forum to carry out Statutory Consultation for reducing the speed limit on A418 Scotsgrove Hill / Aylesbury Road, C70 Thame Road & Mill Lane. The proposed measures are a reduction of the speed limit from National Speed Limit to 40mph.

Transport for Buckinghamshire are also carrying out Statutory Consultation for extending the 30mph speed limit on Stanbridge Road to the garden centre and implementing a 20mph speed limit on Dollicott and its adjoining roads. These schemes form part of a Section 106 agreement between BCC and developers.

The statutory consultation on the above schemes will run from 18th December 2019 to 24th January 2020. Full details of the proposals, including plans of the proposed changes, can be found on BCC's website. Comments can be made by writing to the ‘Network Improvement Team’ at Aylesbury Vale Area Office, Corrib Industrial Park, Griffin Lane, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP19 8BP, by email to or by completing the online survey.

Informal Parking Consultation Update

The deadline to respond to the informal parking consultation expired on Monday 16th December 2019. The Parish Council has received over 300 responses with the views and suggestions of affected residents. After these have been reviewed in the new year, we will report back on which streets have voted in favour of parking restrictions. The results will then be passed to Bucks County Council, as the highway authority, who will finalise the scheme and start the process of implementing a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). This will include a formal consultation, open to everyone to have their say.
Many responses to the consultation included the suggestion to reduce the cost of parking at the station in order to encourage more commuters to park there rather than on nearby residential roads. As the station car park is privately owned by Chiltern Railways, the Parish Council is unable to dictate the cost of parking but Chiltern Railways has been contacted about the issue.

Haddenham to Thame Cycleway Survey

Oxfordshire County Council, Buckinghamshire County Council and Sustrans are working in partnership on the introduction of an off-road walking and cycling route (known as a Greenway) between Thame and Haddenham & Thame Parkway station. They are carrying out a survey to find out how people currently travel between these locations to assess whether the scheme would be beneficial. Provision of this cycleway is in both the Thame and Haddenham Neighbourhood Plans and has been campaigned for locally for many years. Funding has provisionally been allocated for the scheme through the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.

The survey is open from Monday 25 November until Monday 9 December 2019

and can be completed online:

If you have any questions about the survey email

Construction work at the Car Park and Tennis Courts at Woodways Recreation Ground - November 2019

The Parish Council is delighted to finally commence work to extend the existing tennis courts to provide two new mini tennis courts, a new path around the courts, a cycle store and enhancements to the car park.  

The works are due to start on 11th November 2019 and complete by 29th February 2020.

This is comprehensive series of works which will completed in various phases.  For full details, please follow the link. 

 Scheduled works for tennis court and car park


BMX Annual Refurbishment - October 2019

We are delighted that the BMX track will be restored back to its former glory after its annual maintenance has been completed this week.  Having a safe area to ride bikes is a real asset to the village and the Council are pleased to be continuing to invest in this popular and well used facility.

Working with the Community on Climate change - September 2019
In July the Haddenham in Transition group organised an open meeting to discuss how the community could work with Haddenham Parish Council to deliver the village’s goal from the Neighbourhood Plan for the parish to become carbon neutral by 2030. 

The group decided to re-name itself as Zero Carbon Haddenham (ZeroCH) to make the name reflect this new objective.  ZeroCH prepared a proposal for 'Releaf', a tree planting programme  and working with the Parish Council,  Releaf will be the first project that the community can work in collaboration to achieve this goal. 

For more information please go to our Climate Change and Biodiversity Page and details of the full proposal can be found here.

Airfield new football pitches handed over - September 2019

The Parish Council is delighted to receive the new football pitches which have been handed over by Cala Homes.  The new pitches include two new full size, one junior and three mini football pitches and are the first phase in improving the sporting facilities in this area of the village. We hope to commence building the new Pavilion soon which will provide the football club with a base and will be used for other sports / leisure activities to enjoy.



Haddenham Educational Charity - September 2019

We would welcome applications for the Haddenham Educational Charity.

This charity has an income from the investment made following the sales of the Old British School in Churchway.  Applications for small grants are to support residents of Haddenham who wish pursue further education, including university, apprenticeships, sports or the arts.

Full information on the grant awarding policy and an application form can be found here



Action group to re-open Bledlow Recycling Centre - August 2019

 Bledlow Household Recycling Centre (HRC) Action Group has been set up by 11 local town and parish councils with the aim of reopening the HRC as a commercial enterprise which was closed by Buckinghamshire County Council on 31st March 2019 - despite huge opposition from local residents.

 Haddenham Parish Council has been invited to join this action group as our local residents previously used this facility.  It would require an investment from the Council to contribute towards the initial £10,000 which will be needed to apply for planning permission and then to set up the site for operation. 

The Council will be discussing this at our next Full Council meeting on 2nd September and we would welcome parishioner views on Haddenham Parish Council joining this action group.

Please email the Clerk   with any comments.

To donate to the fundraising page and to find out more, please click on:

Fundraising page to obtain Planning permission for Bledlow Recycling Centre 

New Buckinghamshire Council - Proposed Council Tax Reduction for low income- August 2019
Currently each district council (Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, Wycombe and South Bucks) has a different scheme that gives slightly different levels of council tax support for people with a low income. 
The aim is to have one scheme supporting those who are eligible for a reduction on their council tax bill across the whole of Buckinghamshire from 1 April 2020. One scheme for the whole of Buckinghamshire will mean that people in the same situation are treated consistently and fairly wherever they live. 
The changes proposed in this consultation only apply to people of working age with a low income. Pensioners are not affected by this change.

For more information on how this could potentially affect you.  Please click on the link below.

Council Tax Reduction - public consultation


Anti-Social Behaviour - August 2019

Unfortunately we have had cases reported to the Parish Council regarding anti-social behaviour around the village involving a number of youths meeting late at night - making noise and leaving litter etc. If a resident is disturbed or concerned, they must report it to the Police using the 101 number.  It may be felt that the Police do not respond to complaints, but the more 101 reports they have regarding a particular area, the better they can target their resources.

Aspen Park Playground (off Pegasus Way) opening 20th July - July 2019

The new playground installed by Cala Homes will be open this Saturday 20th July.  The Parish Council will be adopting this site once this housing development is completed. 

Snakemoor Nature Reserve - Volunteer Day - July 2019

Snakemoor Nature Reserve is a beautiful area which is situated on the Thame Road.  To keep it well maintained requires the assistance of a dedicated group of volunteers.  Our Volunteer Day will be from 10am on the 10th August.  Come and experience some of the best examples of local flora and fauna. Any time you can spare is always appreciated.  Please bring appropriate clothing for all weathers! 


Transport for Bucks - notice of highway Maintenance - July 2019

Transport for Buckinghamshire will be undertaking highway maintenance road treatment works to the carriageway of the A418 Aylesbury Road, Haddenham from Low Lane to Haddenham Crossroads.

The works here are scheduled to commence from the 17th July 2019 and it is anticipated they will take up to 7 nights to complete using a road closure which will be in operation between 19:00hrs and 06:00hrs each night.

Click here for more resident information on road closure


St Mary's Church - Church Wall Restoration - July 2019

The Parish Council is delighted with the refurbishment of the Church wall at St Mary's.  This is a complex task as the existing wall is Grade I listed and some parts  had collapsed into the pond below!  With the help of some specialist stone masons, the wall was salvaged and carefully rebuilt to integrate within the existing wall.  This is just the start of an ongoing restoration of the entire wall, but we are very pleased that it is being sensitively restored to its former glory.

Haddenham Parish Council declares Climate Emergency - July 2019

At the Annual Parish meeting in May the Parish Council invited Chris Church to speak about climate change, and it has followed this up by resolving to declare a Climate Emergency. This is a resolution that towns and parishes across the world are being asked to pass in order to stimulate action locally and send a message to higher authorities that  we are taking this issue seriously. There are things we are already doing as a parish but we realise more is needed. Our powers are somewhat limited and the next stage is to identify what changes we can make or encourage others to make that will have the biggest impact. The plan is to hold a Climate Change Workshop which will be open to residents to attend to share ideas and find out more. There will be support from Aylesbury Vale Green Party and Haddenham In Transition, a local group who have already done a lot of work on how Haddenham can move towards zero carbon.

Please click here for more information on climate change initiatives which the Parish Council already have in place. 


Wheelchair Access Swing at Woodways Playground - July 2019

The Parish Council has been delighted to greatly improve its inclusive playground provision for young and old parishioners of Haddenham.  The Council has already installed inclusive roundabouts, ground level trampolines and nest swings within its current playground improvement scheme.  However, we appreciate you can always do more and are very pleased to be installing a specialised swing.  This swing is designed for use with a wheelchair and we hope it will bring fun and enjoyment to residents who are unable to use more traditional swings.

We hope to have the wheelchair swing installed by Autumn 2019. 

New Playground Equipment at Sheerstock - July 2019

The Parish Council are delighted to completely revamping the playground at Sheerstock. The very limited playground equipment was old and the whole area was in desperate need of a revamp!  Through funding from housing developments around the village, we are able to provide a brand new facility with a basketball ring, table tennis table, springers, ground mounted trampoline, swings..... to name but a few!  We hope this work will completed in time for the school summer holidays and our younger parishioners really enjoy this new facility.

New Zip Wire at Woodways Playground - July 2019

The Council are delighted to be replacing the Zip Wire at Woodways. This piece of play equipment is hugely popular and was sadly missed when the old one was decommissioned.  We hope the new Zip Wire will be be just a much fun and installed in time for the school summer holidays.  

Telephone Box Refurbished - June 2019

The Parish Council recognised that the old tradition BT telephone box was in a desperate need of refurbishment. This isn't as straightforward as it sounds as the telephone box is listed and within a conservation area.  We contacted BT who provided the correct paint and we were very grateful to the Haddenham and District Rotary Club who did an amazing job restoring the box to its former glory!