Plaque at­tack spoils the Green

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

I WOULD like to say how much I agree with the sen­ti­ments ex­pressed by Frank Lo­max in his let­ter to your pa­per this week.

I could not agree more with his dis­gust at the town coun­cil for their decision to al­low spon­sor­ship of the beds on the coun­cil green which means what were for­merly pleas­ing ar­eas are now plas­tered with in­tru­sive plaques.

I was a long-time mem­ber and later chair­man of the Bea­cons­field Trees and Town Group, a vol­un­tary group of Bea­cons­field res­i­dents whose aim was to im­prove the ameni­ties of the town.

Over the years we planted many trees and daf­fodil bulbs and looked after other sites in the town, in­clud­ing the two beds on the Green and the small area at the side we called ‘Ray’s Patch’ be­cause Ray Downs (a long-time mem­ber and later handy­man to the coun­cil) bought and in­stalled the Lord’s cricket ground bench which still stands there. Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor, Buck­ing­hamshire Ad­ver­tiser, Trin­ity Mir­ror South­ern, c/o Trin­ity Mir­ror Colour Print, St Al­bans Road, Wat­ford, Herts WD24 7RG

We even­tu­ally had to close owing to the age­ing of our group and I was so pleased when the town coun­cil did such a good job of re­plant­ing this area along with the two beds at the front of the Green.

This makes the sight of it now very hard to bear and I do hope the coun­cil has no other ar­eas in mind to ruin in the same way.

SHIRLEY SCRIVENER For­mer Mayor of Bea­cons­field

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