Our pri­or­ity must be to help peo­ple strug­gling to get by

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOCUS -

CHAL­FONT St Peter is one of the wealth­i­est ar­eas in Bucks in terms of pri­vate prop­erty; last year, the av­er­age price of a semi-de­tached house was £462,393 and £760,726 for a de­tached house.

Schools tra­di­tion­ally re­ceive glow­ing Of­sted re­ports and there are good road links to the cap­i­tal. Th­ese are two of the fac­tors that re­sult in the vil­lage reg­u­larly ap­pear­ing on lists of the most ex­pen­sive places to live in the UK.

Coun­cil­lor Linda Smith (pic­tured), who rep­re­sents the Chal­font Common area on Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil and chairs the parish coun­cil, said: “It’s some­times hard to know ex­actly where the poor­est ar­eas are, be­cause the stud­ies done are of­ten based on peo­ple claim­ing ben­e­fits.

“In my ward we have the Epilepsy So­ci­ety, where some of the res­i­dents claim ben­e­fits, so the area some­times ap­pears on lists of poorer ar­eas when, in fact, it isn’t the case.

“The im­por­tant thing is to iden­tify the ar­eas where peo­ple are re­ally strug­gling to get by and then to con­cen­trate on help­ing them.”

Mrs Smith be­lieves that Chal­font St Peter’s schools, scenery and trans­port links are the rea­son why it is wealthy.

“think over the years it has be­come more and more popular with richer peo­ple who work in London but want to live out­side of the cap­i­tal,” she added.

“The dif­fi­culty about it is that the house prices get so high that peo­ple who have been born and bred here have to move out be­cause they can’t af­ford to live here any more, which is a shame.”

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