Gill Markham

Jan 202018

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT FOR US? So we have managed the first weekend of closure, the weekends of 23rd February and 2nd March are still to come! The Handy Cross roundabout will be closed for resurfacing. All the roads in the surrounding areas – from M40 Junction 3 / 5, including Wooburn Green, Well End, Marlow – will bear all the diverted traffic.  

copy of letter received from Highways England.

Work will be taking place to resurface the roundabout of the A404/M40 Handy Cross Interchange, to ensure the network remains in a safe condition for road users. Work will involve planing out and replacing the carriageway surface, replacing the traffic signal and census detection loops, renewal of the road markings and studs, and laying of anti-skid material at selected areas of the roundabout.

Enhancing the durability of the road surface will help to prevent the development of potholes and other carriageway defects making this strategically important section of the highway network less susceptible to unplanned or emergency maintenance works.

For the safety of our workforce and customers and due to the activities involved, we will be closing fully the Handy Cross roundabout over the following three weekend periods:

  • 9pm on Friday 23 February through to 6am on Monday 26 February
  • 9pm on Friday 2 March through to 6am on Monday 5 March

Please note that should works not be completed over these three weekends, then an additional closure will be planned for Friday 9 through to Monday 12 March 2018.

These works have been carefully programmed but are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances – please check the yellow signs placed in advance at the junction for confirmation of the closures dates/timings.

During these weekend closures the roundabout will be closed as well as the following approach roads:

  • Wycombe Road between Ragmans Lane and the Handy Cross roundabout
  • A4010 John Hall Way between Crest Road and the Handy Cross roundabout
  • Marlow Road between Cressex Road roundabout and the Handy Cross roundabout
  • A404 Marlow Hill between Waitrose/Park and Ride and the Handy Cross roundabout

Access will be maintained for residents within the closure extents and for emergency service vehicles only – please check with local bus operators for revisions to timetables/stops.

During the closures various clearly signed diversions will be in place primarily using the M40 junctions 5 and 3, the A40, Wooburn Green and Little Marlow:

  • M40 northbound traffic for High Wycombe – exit at junction 3 or continue north to junction 5 then travel east along the A40 Wycombe Road
  • M40 southbound traffic for High Wycombe – exit at junction 5 or continue to junction 2, circumnavigate the roundabout, travelling north on the M40 to exit at junction 3
  • M40 northbound traffic for the A404 – exit at junction 3, travel south past Wooburn Green, Well End and Little Marlow, joining the A404 at Marlow
  • M40 southbound traffic for the A404 – continue south to junction 2, circumnavigate the roundabout, travel north to junction 3, exit at junction 3, travel south past Wooburn Green, Well End and Little Marlow, joining the A404 at Marlow
  • A404 northbound traffic for High Wycombe – from Marlow travel east past Little Marlow, Well End, Wooburn Green and the A40
  • A404 northbound traffic for M40 – from Marlow travel east past Little Marlow, Well End, Wooburn Green, then join the M40 southbound at junction 3 – traffic wishing to travel north will need to access the northbound carriageway at junction 2
  • Wycombe Road traffic for High Wycombe or the M40 – travel south to Marlow, then east past Little Marlow, Well End, Woodburn Green, joining the M40 southbound at junction 3 – traffic wishing to travel north will need to access the northbound carriageway at junction 2
  • High Wycombe to the M40 – travel on the A40 north or south to access the M40 at junction 5 (for northbound) or junction 3 (for southbound)
  • High Wycombe to the A404 – travel south on the A40 towards junction 3, then travel south past Woodburn Green, Well End and Little Marlow, joining the A404 at Marlow

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption caused during our work; if  you have any questions, or if you’d like to know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email  

Yours faithfully

Kathryn Blofield Communications Coordinator


Maybe it’s a good time to take a holiday!!


Jan 182018
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We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

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Jan 142018

Please now see the Residents Society and Ashwells Forum questions we discussed with Wycombe District Council at a recent meeting. If you intend submitting your comments please have a read of these points as they may help in your submission.

The Ashwells planning application is available on the WDC website, all the documents will be available to read at Chepping Wycombe Parish Officers in Cock Lane, the Site Notice confirms the  deadline for submitting comments is 26 Feb 2018

An article was published in the current edition of Village Voice and provides a high-level view of the application and associated documents. We are pleased to publish this article in full on this website in the Village life/planning & conservation/Ashwells tab.
The application (Ref. 18/05002/R9OUT) can be viewed by going to and clicking on ‘Find a planning application’.


Jan 132018

Although progress continues to be glacial, there are reasons to be cheerful about the future for the Penn School site as the Rayners School Education Trust (RSET) comes out of administration and Bucks County Council develops a vision for the future use of the site.

Taking the RSET point first, on January 8th there was an item on Three Counties Radio about what has happened to the money paid by the DfE to RSET for the Penn School site. It turns out that, now the administration process is complete and all the bills have been settled, there is just over £3m remaining which the Trustees will now have to decide what to do with. As a charity they are obliged to spend the money in accordance with their charitable objects which are “to advance the education and relief of people (in particular children and young adults) who suffer communication difficulties associated with hearing impairment, language impairment and autism”.

On the second point, Bucks CC is believed to be interested in using the Penn School site as a way of responding to a growing special educational need and to help mitigate the cost of pupils being educated out-of-county. Meetings have been taking place involving key stakeholder groups – specialist providers, parents and representatives from the local community – to shape how the site could be used.

Hopefully, things are on the move at last – stay tuned.



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