Little Missenden Parish Council

Council Services

A Simple Guide to Council Services.

Local government can appear very complex. This section explains how local government works in broad terms and who is responsible for the provision of the various services.


In the United Kingdom, government is multi layered. Central government is concerned with high level issues such as the overall management of law and policing, defence, foreign policy and balancing the books through the exchequer. Central government also determines strategy and establishes guidelines for the provision of an enormous range of public services that are then delegated to local authorities.

Buckinghamshire County Council

Bucks County Council is responsible for:-

BusinessDirectory, Selling to the Council, Trading standards
CommunityBirths, marriages and deaths, Community safety, Emergency planning
EducationAdult learning, Early years and childcare, Schools, Young people
EnvironmentPlanning, Rights of way, Waste, recycling and treatment
Leisure and cultureLibraries, Local history, Museum, Parks
Social careAdoption, Adults, Children and families, Fostering
Transport and streetsBus timetables, Public transport, Road safety, Roadworks

Little Missenden Parish has three County Councillors who stand for election every four years. The present County Councillor for Holmer Green is David Schofield, for Little Missenden and Little Kingshill is Alan Stevens and for Hyde Heath is Patricia Birchley.

Chiltern District Council

Chiltern District Council is responsible for:-

Business informationBusiness finance, Business and street trading licences, Health and safety
Community and living information Community safetyNeighbourhood and village, Faiths, beliefs and religions, Life events, Community grants
Environment informationAnimal welfare, Planning, Rubbish, waste and recycling, Pests and nuisance, Street care and cleaning, Energy, Land and premises, Pollution, Town centre management, Food production and quality
Health and social care informationHealth and medical care, Disabilities
Housing information
Legal services informationFreedom of Information, Local Land Charges
Leisure and culture information, Arts and entertainmentSports, Young people's activities, Hobbies and interests , Tourism and travel
Policing and public safety informationAccidents, emergencies and safety, Victim support, Crime and law enforcement
Transport and streets informationMotor vehicles, roads and parking, Public transport
Council, government and democracy informationCouncils, Democratic processes and events, Public services

Little Missenden Parish has three District Councillors who stand for election every four years. The present District Councillor for Holmer Green are Julia Burton & Michael Prince and for Little Missenden, Little Kingshill and Hyde Heath is Robert Burns-Green

Little Missenden Parish Council

Little Missenden Parish Council are responsible for:-

Allotments Beech Tree Road and Earl Howe Road - Holmer Green, Windsor Lane - Little Kingshill, Highmore Cottages - Little Missenden and Brays Road - Hyde Heath
Play areasThe Common - Holmer Green, Windsor Lane and Meadow Cottages - Little Kingshill: Village Centre and Pipers Wood - Little Missenden and The Common - Hyde Heath
Recreation areasThe Common, Holmer Green, The Common, Little Kingshill and at Little Missenden including the trees thereon
Hedge cuttingat Allotments, The Common (Holmer Green) and Recreation area at Little Kingshill
Grass cutting on the Commons (including play area) - Holmer Green and Little Kingshill: Recreation Areas - Little Kingshill, Little Missenden and Hyde Heath
Bus shelters in all villages
Street Lighting - low level (up to 5m high) lighting columns in Holmer Green

Little Missenden Parish Council is consulted about planning applications, and routinely make comments, but have no responsibility for the final decisions made. Generally planning approval lies with Chiltern District Council although on occasions the authority may rest with Bucks County Council. There are various levels of appeal if permission is not granted.

Contacts for matters which do not full under the responsibility of the Parish Council are:-

High level street lightingBucks County Council - Highways0845 230 2882
Roads and footpathsBucks County Council - Highways0845 230 2882
Dog foulingChiltern District Council01494 729000