Our priority must be to help people struggling to get by
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.”