We take a look back at some of the stories and people making the news in Aylesbury Vale at the start of the year.
There were celebrations after a government planning inspector rejected plans for 3,000 homes at Hampden Fields, between Bedgrove and Weston Turville (revised plans, which include a link road were later submitted in September).
The world’s oldest barmaid Dolly Saville, who pulled pints at the Red Lion in Wendover for 74 years, passed away aged 100. The great-great grandmother was labelled a ‘national treasure’ by the pub’s staff.
There was anger after it was announced that charges at the popular Exchange Street car park would rise by up to 50%, while evening tariffs were also being scrapped. The revised charges came into effect in September.
Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust apologised to the victims of Jimmy Savile after a report into his abuse at Stoke Mandeville Hospital was released. It detailed the accounts of 60 people were abused by Savile at the hospital.
Bumbling car park attendants ticketed motorists at Aylesbury Shopping Park after forgetting to put the clocks forward on their machines. Drivers who expected two hours of free parking in fact only got one.
A high-level report admitted Spring Hill prison’s decision to release convicted killer Ian McLoughlin on day release had ‘catastrophic consequences’ after he went on to murder Graham Buck in Little Gaddesden.