Major work is being planned to restore the historic Wendover clock tower to full health.
The famous village landmark has stood at the bottom of the High Street since 1842, but now some of the upper woodwork is starting to show its age and needs to be replaced.
The project will mean disassembling the top third of the tower, including taking out the bell, with work expected to take between eight and 10 weeks.
Plans are still at an early stage, and any works will need to be carried out in accordance with the heritage protection processes of English Heritage.
The Parish Council hopes to secure funding from various sources, including the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Parish Councillor Tom Walsh, chairman of the amenities committee, said: “It’s a nice project because it’s a flagship thing. It’s big and bold.
“It’s not in a dangerous condition at the moment but one or two bits need of replacing.
“It could be a bigger project than we anticipate because we could find other work needs doing when we get in there.”
The project aims to involve different sections of the community, with local artists being encouraged to document the project and children educated about the tower’s history and the techniques used to build it.
Councillor Walsh said work will have to be done in much the same way as it was in the 19th century. The icon has served the village in many different ways, starting life as a small market hall, and later being used as a fire station, and a former prison cell can still be seen inside the back of the building.
Today it stands 58ft tall and has been used by the Parish Council since the 1960s. It also serves as a tourist information office.