Chalfont St. Giles

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Added 10th July

CSG Village Party - in place of the The Show - Sunday 8th September
Reserve your table now, limited supply of gazebos, book via this link
Keep up to date with what the committee are doing via our website

 


 

Concert in Chalfont St Giles

On July 20th at 7.30 the Moonrakers will be playing in Chalfont St Giles Parish Church. They play Celtic traditional and contemporary songs and tunes.  Tickets are £12 on the door.  Enquiries to 01494 872791

 


 

 


 

 


 

Added 3rd July

Defibrillator Training 17th July 7:30 - 9pm

We have arranged for 4 trainers to come to the Memorial Hall to train locals on the use of the various defibrillators that we have around the village. CPR instruction will also be available. Attendees will be encouraged to have a go if they wish.

Those that have already emailed confirmation of attendance to the editor need to bring £5 per person on the day.

If you would like to join in please email Steve Whitehurst scwhitehurst@gmail.com

It's a first come first served affair for 20 people so please email first.

 


 

 


 

Added 27th June

Stink Excuse

In common with many areas with chalk geology, the Misbourne valley has experienced elevated groundwater levels and very high river flows, due to the exceptionally wet winter. This has led to flooding from the river, groundwater and from the sewer network. In addition, the storm tanks at Amersham have been discharging diluted wastewater to the river.

Groundwater and river levels are finally returning to normal and as a result, the tanks are now only discharging small volumes, of filtered waste water. As flood waters recede and we are able to access the river with vehicles, we are starting to clear sediments from the worst affected stretches of river. This will assist the natural recovery of the river.
To reduce the impact of future wet winters, we are surveying our network to identify locations where significant river and/or groundwater enters sewers. We will then look to make those sewers more resilient.

Groundwater can enter the sewerage system through the pipes and manholes, this may occur at a defect (crack, hole, displaced joint) or on a normal joint on the sewer or in the manhole. Key points to note are:

•infiltration is not necessarily an indicator that the sewer is in poor structural state simply that jointing techniques used are not completely watertight.
•ingress of groundwater is not limited to the public system but also, potentially the private drains, manholes and sewers that connect to our system.

Preventing and reducing the impact of groundwater infiltration is predominately achieved through the lining of sewers and sealing of manholes. To line all sewers and manholes would be both prohibitively expensive and disruptive. Our approach to date has been centred on a ‘find and fix’ basis.

Since 2020, we have been producing plans for the medium to long-term management of groundwater. These plans require significant investment which Thames Water will seek to secure. In the meantime, we will continue to investigate sources of infiltration when it occurs and where feasible, undertake the work through our existing budgets.
Parish Council Statement regarding pollution – 26 June 2024

Chalfont St Giles has suffered from flooding, due to high levels of groundwater, many times in the past. Most recently in 2001, 2014 and now 2024.

Never before has the flood water been contaminated with sewage. This is what has happened this year.

In February 2024 we were alerted by the Environment Agency that an environmental incident had taken place causing manholes to overflow and discharge sewage to the land which was infiltrating the groundwater.

The Council was not aware that the discharge was ongoing until reports of ‘sewage’ smells in the village centre were received at the beginning of June. The Council immediately contacted Thames Water and arranged for an engineer to attend the village on the evening of 12 June. On that date, seven Parish Councillors took the engineers to several locations around the village where water samples were taken. On Monday 24 June 2024 Thames Water informed the Parish Council that they were no longer discharging sewage into the River Misbourne. (Although information on the Thames Water discharge map shows that discharge is still happening). If you want to report further matters to Thames Water please use reference #00691060.

Since that date, the Council has been pursuing Thames Water for the water sample results.

The Parish Council has also spoken to Affinity Water about our drinking water supply. They have told us that they are monitoring the situation closely. They are not abstracting drinking water from the area and their best estimate is that they will reinstate abstraction in October 2024.

This lack of abstraction by Affinity Water means that the ground water will not recede as quickly as it has done in previous years and why the meadows around the village are still showing signs of flooding.

The Parish Council has also had a meeting with HS2 (Align) to understand what happens to their waste water, to see if they have added to the increased water within the sewer network. Align confirmed to the Council that their waste water is held in tanks on site, and is then sent through the tunnel network to the South Portal, where it is treated before being released into the River Colne.

We have also been trying to get information from Buckinghamshire Council, who are the Highways Authority, to understand how their gullies and drains within the village centre, interact with the groundwater and the sewer network. To date we have not received this information from Buckinghamshire Council.

What happens next?

The Parish Council:

•Has closed the areas that are under their control, this includes Pheasant Hill Play Area and Riverside Walk. We have done this because we are concerned about the levels of pollution in the River Misbourne. We will re-open these areas when we are satisfied that there is no risk to public health.
•Has arranged for independent testing of the river water and sediment to be carried out and we will share the results of this testing on our website.
•Will liaise with Thames Water and The Environment Agency regarding the immediate clean up of the river and meadows and any remedial measures that they will take to lessen the impact of the pollution on the flora and fauna of the area.
•We will also look to creating a future plan to prevent recurrence of the current situation.
•Will try to gain an understanding from Thames Water about any changes that have occurred to the sewer network that caused the discharges to happen.

 


 

Lost a Hearing Aid?

One was found on the footpath between Bottrells and Dodds lane about three weeks ago
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Contact the editor if it's yours localnewsbyemail@gmail.com

 


 

Please come and support Chalfont St Giles Cricket Club when they celebrate their 150th Anniversary on Friday 9th August. Tea and cake will be available in the afternoon, a BBQ from 6pm and there will be an all day bar. Everyone welcome.

 


 

 


 

Added 19th June

Pheasant Hill Play Area Closed

Chalfont St Giles Parish Council have closed the Pheasant Hill Play area and Riverside Walk due to possible pollution.

We have recently been made aware that Thames Water have been releasing sewage into the River Misbourne since 25 January 2024 – almost 3500hours of discharge.

This information, along with the stench of sewage that permeates the village during the evening has informed the Council decision to err on the side of caution and close these areas to the public.

The Council held a meeting with Thames Water engineers and water samples were taken. Once we have the results from the water samples, we will evaluate the safety of the area and re-open when possible.

For more information please see: Pollution issues at Chalfont St Giles | Chalfont St Giles Parish Council

 


 




There are a few spare places for a visit to Nymans, Haywards Heath, by coach on Monday 15th July, 2024  being organised by Chalfont St Giles Gardens Association and Chalfont St Peter Garden Club.

Described as "a garden lovers' home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins" Nymans was one of the first gardens the National Trust took on in 1953. It was developed by three generations of the Messel family and is a grade II listed 600acre estate. Ludwig Messel and James Comber, his head gardener, created new cultivars - The Nyman Collection.

The full details can be found on our website here or contact Kate Picton - katepicton1@gmail.com  but in brief:

Departing Chalfont St Giles Village Green at 09.15am and then onto Chalfont St Peter, leaving at 09.30am
We expect to arrive by 11am
Depart for home no later than 4.15pm.​
​The cost for this outing is between £18.00 and £39.00 depending on membership of NT and/or CSGGA or CSPGC.