There is a requirement to improve the parking around the school - following a dangerous incident last year while a child was crossing the road.

To this end, the village society have discussed with the school the idea of installing green parking (e.g. Grasscrete) on the green space immediately outside the school. This would not be a permanent car park, simply a temporary parking space for people dropping off or collecting from school. The idea is to prevent irregular parking and better preserve the common land. It would also allow parents to park off the busy main road, and therefore avoid the need to cross with young children.

The design would be flexible, potentially taking the form of up to 15 spaces immediately outside the school. We are conscious that this is something many residents of Hyde Heath have requested for some time, but we would like to hear from anyone who might object to such an idea, in particular anyone who lives close to the school. We would also like to hear of alternative ideas to address this problem, or road safety in the village in general.

HHVS monitors incidences of fly tipping around the village, and lobbies for measures to discourage it, such as CCTV warning signs. If you come across any fly tipping, please report it to Eric Clark at flytipping@hhvs.org.uk.

With the planned expansion of Aylesbury and the building of HS2, it is likely that Hyde Heath Road and Weedon Hill will be used more and more as a rat run. In this context, HHVS has been working with Little Missenden Parish Council and Transport for Bucks (TfB), on a speeding and parking plan to improve road safety in the village. Stage one is the Permanent Vehicle Activated Sign (PVAS) – speed sign - on the green. HHVS is now discussing with TfB the installation of another PVAS at the Amersham end of the village, along with better signs and road markings to protect the school children and the residents at Rayners.

Following our campaign for Superfast Fibre Broadband, the second BT cabinet in Hyde Heath was upgraded in October 2015, meaning the whole of Hyde Heath is now has the option to choose Fibre Broad
This means homes on Weedon Hill, Keepers Lane, Nos. 1 - 24 Walnut Way and OakView are able to order Superfast Fibre Broadband.
We would ask, that if you choose PlusNet, that you use the following referral link. Any income from referrals will go into the Village Society funds
Plusnet referral link for Village Society
Plusnet (along with Zen) are consistently rated as one of the best providers, and we have no hesitation recommending them.

The Chiltern District Council has started preparing a new (emerging) Local Plan for Chiltern District.

What is the Emerging Local Plan?

The Local Plan will set out policies used to determine planning applications, site allocations or propose new development (e.g. housing or employment) and broader land designations (e.g. Green Belt areas).

The Emerging Local Plan will replace the adopted Core Strategy (2011) and adopted Local Plan (1997). The new (emerging) Local Plan will run from 2014 to 2036.

The Village Societies Response

The Hyde Heath Village Society has submitted a response to the Emerging Local Plan (2014-2036) Response. This is an excellent document and many thanks should go to Andrew Cordiner for producing this document.

For those interested in reading this, it may be downloaded here: Emerging Local Plan Response (2014-2036).doc

As most people are aware, mobile reception is patchy in the village, and we have received questions about improving reception.

Whilst getting a new mast may be a challenge, for those who are not aware, there are immediate solutions available to individuals to improve the situation, 

Which provider?

Firstly, personally, I would only use O2 within the village. I have no affiliation, but O2 seem to provide the best reception around the village. I expect most people already know that, so are already on O2. For this reason, the advice below relates specifically to O2, but each provider will have alternatives.

How to improve reception

Whilst there is nothing that can be done, away from your house, there are two options to improve reception within the home.

Option 1

The first and simplest option for most users, who are on a consumer O2 tariff, is to use the TuGo application from O2. http://www.o2.co.uk/apps/tu-go

This allows you to make and receive mobile calls via your wireless network in your home. This can be installed on all manner of devices, not just your phone, and on up to five devices simultaneously for the same number. The app can be installed on an IPhone, IPad, a Google Android phone, an Android tablet, a Windows 8 phone, or even a Windows 7 or above PC. The device of course needs a Wi-Fi connection. 

Google PlayStore - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.tid.gconnect&hl=en_GB

Apple AppStore - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tu-go/id568007896?mt=8

One issue you might face, is an inconsistent Wi-Fi signal throughout your house. If this is an issue, there are fairly simple ways to improve your Wi-Fi signal around your house, which are documented below.

Option 2

The second option, (which I use - as TuGo wasn’t available at the time), is to sign up one of your tariffs to O2 Business, and then buy an O2 BoostBox (which costs £150). The BoostBox isn’t available to users on a consumer tariff and isn’t widely publicised, but it is essentially identical to the Vodafone SureSignal (the hardware is the same). It connects to your broadband router and provides a 3G signal around your house. You provide a list of up to 32 mobile numbers, that you allow to connect through the device (although only 4 at any one time). You need a 3G phones for this to work. The other phones can be on any O2 based network (EG. O2 Consumer tariff, Tesco Mobile or Giff Gaff). I also believe, once you have the BoostBox, you can switch back to a consumer tariff, but I haven't tried this, 

I don't believe you actually need a company to sign up, just choose the non-limited company option, and make up a company name.

BoostBox links:

Support: Support

http://www.o2.co.uk/assets2/business/enterprise/documents/9807_QSG_Guide_105x105Home.pdf

http://static.o2.co.uk/www/docs/business/boostbox_qsg_guide_standard_v4_lr.pdf

We have received some exciting news! The campaign for Superfast Broadband has been a success and we are going to receive an upgrade to Superfast Broadband!

We have had confirmation from Connected Counties, that the BT Cabinet which provides telephone and internet services to our homes (on Weedon Hill, Keepers Lane, Nos. 1 - 24 Walnut Way and OakView), are going to be upgraded to provide Superfast Fibre Broadband. Even better, we have been fast-tracked onto an existing phase (phase 6), so the work to begin the upgrade is due to commence within the next three months and they hope that the work will be completed by the end of December. And the best news is, we won’t have to pay anything towards the upgrade.
Many thanks to those, who have continued to petition Connected Counties for an upgrade, and also many thanks to all of you, who having responded to the survey have helped demonstrate the demand for Superfast broadband.

Responses

We received 54 responses (out of a possible 110) and of those who responded, virtually all said they would be keen to receive and would pay for fibre broadband.

Super Fast Broadband Campaign

Super Fast Broadband Questionnaire

 

What to look out for

Our existing green BT Cabinet (about 1 metre high by 1 metre wide) is located on Weedon Hill near the junction of Keepers Lane. An additional green cabinet will be installed to provide fibre broadband services. This will be within 50m of the existing cabinet, but in reality, I imagine this will be alongside the exisitng cabinet.

Village Society Membership
This campaign demonstrates what we can achieve together. We would welcome anyone who has yet to join to society, to sign up as a new member  Membership is a one off fee of £10 per household. Further details and the form are available at: membership.aspx

 

We are starting a campaign to make SuperFast Fibre Broadband available to Keepers Lane, Weedon Hill, (1 - 24) Walnut Way and OakView.

We have a questionnaire we would like residents to complete at: Super Fast Broadband Questionnaire. This will help us gauge the level of interest, and help our fight to move this campaign forward.

For the latest details regarding the campaign, please visit: Super Fast Broadband Campaign - Latest

What is SuperFast fibre broadband?

Put simply Fibre broadband technology provides download speeds of up to 76Mbps. That’s 20 times faster than your current download speed. Currently download speeds in your property will be limited to between 3Mbps and 4.5Mbps. 

How much will it cost?

Once available, fibre broadband prices aren’t much different to standard broadband prices. Currently 38Mbps fibre broadband costs £15 per month from BT and 76Mbps fibre broadband costs £26 per month. This compares to £10 per month standard broadband.

Why can’t we get it?

You may not be aware, but ¾ of premises in Hyde Heath already have access to fibre broadband.

Those 300 properties are connected to BT Cabinet 28, located at the junction of Brays Lane, and Meadow Way, which has already been upgraded.

The remaining 110 (or so) properties, which cover most of Weedon Hill, Keepers Lane, (1 - 24) Walnut Way and OakView are connected to BT Cabinet 6 (located near the junction of Weedon Hill / Keepers Lane), which has not been upgraded.

Is it fair, that Cabinet 28 was upgraded for free, and ours isn't?

No, it's not fair.

Can't we just extend the connection from Cabinet 28 to Cabinet 6?

Unfortunately it is not as simple as that. Our copper phone lines run into Cabinet 6. Optic fibre needs to be connected directly from Chesham exchange to the cabinet, with boosters every 500m or so. The fibre equipment needs to be installed into a new fibre cabinet, which site within 50m of the existing telephone cabinet, which is part of the cost. The fibre equipment comes in several sizes, allowing 288, 256 or 128 connections, so cabinet 28 will be at capacity in any case.

FTTC - Fibre To The Cabinet - Overview

FTTC Cabinets

So won't it be coming soon?

It doesn’t look like this will happen at all without action. Cabinet 6 doesn’t meet the requirements for a commercial upgrade by BT.

ConnectedCounties.org is looking at using public funding to bring fibre to these uneconomic cabinets, in order to cover 90% of the population. However our cabinet is not in the current rollout or evaluation plan (phase 7 - up to March 2016)

What are our options?

We have two options. The first is to petition Connected Counties to get on a future review, by indicating there is strong demand for it.

The second option is to fund the upgrade as a community, either in part or in full, if we are unable to get a commitment from any organisations to upgrade the cabinet.  We have been given some indication that the upgrade will cost £30,000. Based on this, an upgrade would cost £300 each, split between 100 properties. If agreed, the lead time on an upgrade can still be expected to take 9 months, from the date of the agreement. See: www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/rural-broadband/Fibre-roll-out.aspx

As part of the questionnaire, we are asking if you are willing to contribute to an upgrade. When considering how much you would pay, consider that the availability of fibre broadband may affect the saleability of your property.

What will we do next?

We will continue to work with ConnectedCounties and other organisations to try an achieve an upgrade

What would we like you to do next?

There are two steps we are asking residents to do

1)     We would like residents, to complete a questionnaire, answering a few simple questions, which we will use to gauge the interest and assess the next course of action.

2)     We would like residents to register their interest at various websites, which will improve the chances of our cabinet receiving an upgrade – links are below

Registering Your Interest

Please register your interest at the following sites:

There are organisations, that record interest in fibre broadband, in order to determine which cabinets should be upgraded. By registering at these sites, you are not making commitments to take superfast broadband, but registering will improve the chances of receiving an upgrade.

BT Openreach:

http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/expression-gen.aspx (opens in new window)

Connected Counties:

http://www.connectedcounties.org/check-availability  (opens in new window) - Click Register Now

Broadband Questionnaire

Please complete the questionnaire at: Super Fast Broadband Questionnaire

Following the recent bus timetable survey, Hyde Heath Village Society has been working with Bucks County Council to secure an improved service to and from the village to Chesham and Amersham

Below is a link to the full bus timetables

Tuesday and Thursday

The 177 service runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and allows travel to both Amersham and Chesham. Bus_Timetable_177.pdf

In summary:

Leaves Hyde Heath at 9.52, arriving in Chesham at 10.00

Leaves Chesham at 11.40, arriving in Hyde Heath at 11.48

Leaves Hyde Heath at 11.48, arriving in Amersham at 11.55

Leaves Amersham at 14.30, arriving in Hyde Heath at 14.37

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

The 190 service runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and allows travel to Chesham, via The Lee, Chartridge and South Heath. Bus_Timetable_190.pdf

In summary:

Leaves Hyde Heath at 10.38 via South Heath/The Lee, arriving in Chesham at 11.05

Leaves Chesham at 13.10 via South Heath/The Lee, arriving in Hyde Heath at 13.37

 

 

Getting an upgraded high speed broadband service in Hyde Heath needs your help. Registering your interest on the BT website, will help push Hyde Heath up their priority list. Registering your interest by no means commits you to take the service through BT (there are other providers) or at all.

Background

BT are rolling out an upgraded high speed broadband service using fibre optics technology (known as FTTC or Fibre to the Cabinet). This is offered in two speeds of 38Mbps and 76Mbps. This compares to standard broadband (ADSL), which typically offers between 3Mbps and 7Mbps, depending on where you are in the village. As a very rough guide to compare the price of standard broadband to fibre, expect to pay £10 more per month for 38Mbps and £20 more per month, for 76Mbps.  Our exchange in Chesham has already been upgraded to support FTTC. The next stage is for BT Openreach to upgrade individual cabinets. Cabinet upgrade is prioritised on a number of factors, but one of the most important factors is the level of interest from individuals. Some cabinets in Hyde Heath have already been upgraded, while others have yet to be upgraded. Once upgraded, you can take fibre through a number of providers, such as Plus Net, Sky Fibre

Registering your interest

Registering your interest, does not commit you to take BT Infinity, but allows BT to gauge the level of interest and drives the prioritisation of cabinet upgrade.

  1. Go to this website: http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/products/broadband/infinity
  2. Click Can I get fibre optic broadband?
  3. Enter your phone number, and click Check
  4. If it tells you, BT Infinity isn't currently available to you, click Register interest (*)
  5. Complete name and email address
  6. Click Submit my Registration

(*) Note: You might be lucky enough, to find out you are already connected to an upgrade cabinet and that BT Infiniity is already available. If this is the case, there may be other providers who can supply fibre, cheaper than BT.

Fibre Providers

You are by no means, restricted to BT. There are a number of available providers including:

BT Infinity, PlusNet (part owned by BT), Talk Talk, Sky.

The following link will allow you to search different providers for the best deal:

http://www.moneysupermarket.com/broadband/fibre-optic-broadband/