P24-27 ‘New pub would be the heart of vil­lage’

Hav­ing ‘some­where to meet for a drink af­ter work’ tops wish­list

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A NEW pub and a com­mu­nity po­lice sta­tion are among the things on a wish­list put to­gether by vil­lagers.

Peo­ple liv­ing in Ger­rards Cross be­lieve the vil­lage would ben­e­fit from more com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, and that bring­ing new ameni­ties into the area would give the vil­lage back its ‘heart’.

Ger­rards Cross used to have two tra­di­tional pubs, the French Horn and the Pack­horse, but these closed down in 2007 and 2008 re­spec­tively.

The clos­est tra­di­tional pubs are now in Ful­mer or Chal­font St Peter.

Vil­lagers be­lieve that bring­ing back a com­mu­nity pub could have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the vil­lage, and would help to at­tract more peo­ple to the area.

Ger­rards Cross Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Suzie Bower, said: “One of the things that peo­ple say is that they miss hav­ing some­where to meet af­ter work in the cen­tre of the vil­lage.

“I know that peo­ple used to en­joy meet­ing for a drink, but we don’t have a vil­lage pub any more.

“The other thing that we have heard is that there is just nowhere to go to watch big in­ter­na­tional sports matches on a big screen.

“That’s why we started pro­vid­ing that ser­vice for Eng­land games dur­ing the World Cup. It would be nice if there was some­where peo­ple could do that in the cen­tre of the vil­lage.”

This view was also shared by Ros Hurn, of Bul­strode Way, but she be­lieves that the vil­lage would now strug­gle to ac­com­mo­date a new pub.

She said: “A vil­lage pub would be good to have to give peo­ple some­where to get to­gether.

“We are miss­ing some­where like that def­i­nitely.

“I of­ten think that Ger­rards Cross has no real heart to it, so it would help.

“The prob­lem is, where would it go? It would be hard to fit one in.”

Mrs Hurn also backed Thames Val­ley Po­lice’s bid to bring a po­lice sta­tion to the cen­tre of the vil­lage.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is on the look out for a site be­cause it feels its build­ing in Ox­ford Road is too large.

She said: “I think that would be a great com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity to have, and I think it’s a fan­tas­tic idea.”

What would you bring to Ger­rards Cross? Does the vil­lage need a new pub? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth. co.uk.

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