Page 3 – Facilities of Chinnor
Chinnor is situated at the junction of “B” Class Roads 4009 and 4445. B.4009 runs along the foot of the Chilterns from the outskirts of Wendover to Benson, and B.4445 links Chinnor with Thame. A “C” Class Road leads to High Wycombe, and Trunk Road A.40 to Oxford and London is crossed by B.4009 about 2½ miles south of Chinnor.
The people of Chinnor generally find that bus services are inadequate. Except where special works buses are provided, people travel to work outside the village by car or motor cycle. Some London commuters drive to Princes Risborough, and catch trains from there. Women find it difficult to travel into towns for their shopping by bus, and some of the people complained that it was difficult to get back to Chinnor from evening entertainment in towns, particularly from Oxford.
All these communications problems are fairly common among villages at distance from large towns; they have been aggravated in Chinnor’s case by the rapid influx of people who need to travel outside the village to work; if the husband goes to work in the family car, the wife is left without independent transport. Also, many of the new-comers are townsfolk, and while they appreciate the fresh air and quiet of the countryside, they miss many of the amenities of towns.
Table 5 shows the range of shops in Chinnor. The only serious deficiency is the lack of a chemist. Planning permission has been given for new shops in Station Road and Church Road, and the shops in Church Road are well under way. If a chemist’s shop is included in the new development, Chinnor’s shopping needs should be well provided for.
The existing primary school in Chinnor is to be replaced by a new school off Station Road. The new site is expected to cater for all likely education needs in the future, although it may be necessary to reserve a site for an infants’ school.
Secondary school aged children go to school in Thame and Wheatley.
Sewerage facilities and water provision in Chinnor will be adequate for all foreseeable requirements.