Bucks Herald review of 2015: January to March

February: Tributes paid to Dolly Saville
February: Tributes paid to Dolly Saville

We take a look back at some of the stories and people making the news in Aylesbury Vale at the start of the year.

JANUARY

January 2015: Inspector dismisses Hampden Fields proposal

January 2015: Inspector dismisses Hampden Fields proposal

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 Hop Pole in Bicester Road, Aylesbury, was voted The Bucks Herald pub of the year.

Demands for a referendum on the HS2 rail link were voted down in parliament.

Former Aylesbury mayor Chloe Willetts died, aged 79. She was described as a ‘little hurricane’ by a colleague.

March: Tristan Floyd who wrongly received a parking ticket in the Argos car park

March: Tristan Floyd who wrongly received a parking ticket in the Argos car park

FEBRUARY

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.

District councillors voted to look into whether the Vale should break away from Buckinghamshire County Council and provide all services by itself.

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.

MARCH

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.

Paula Watson, the inspirational founder of Relay For Life Aylesbury which has raised hundreds of thousands for Cancer Research, passed away, aged 62.

Chris Williams, the chief executive of Bucks County Council which a report claimed cared more about its reputation than vulnerable children, apologised for the authority’s failings.

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.