Town status bid may be renewed in 2015
ATTEMPTS to change the status of Gerrards Cross from a village to a town could be renewed next year.
The parish council held a vote on the issue in September this year at which it was decided that it should remain as a village.
At the time, some councillors, including chairman Chris Brown, argued that it should become a town in order to become a more modern organisation.
If Gerrards Cross was to become a town, the chairman would become a mayor and the parish council would become a town council.
However, some councillors felt that Gerrards Cross is a village and not a town and said that people living in the area would not want to be told that they lived in a town rather than a village.
It was discussed whether to put the matter to a public vote, but after councillors decided it should remain a village, this idea was scrapped.
However, in March next year, councillors can discuss the matter again.
A poll on the Get Bucks website at the time showed that 53 per cent of people would prefer for Gerrards Cross to remain classified as a village, with 47 per cent saying that it should become a town.
Mr Brown said: “It’s something that I’m sure we will discuss again.
“Six months after the meeting we can decide if we want to vote again on it.
“There was clearly a lot of public interest in it at the time, so it’s something to think about.”
“There wouldn’t be any changes to Gerrards Cross, or how this council runs.
“It’s just that it’s more modern sounding.
“We have lots of people living here who think it should be a town, and lots who think it should be a village, so it’s something for us to discuss six months after our original vote.” YOUTH club members were delighted to receive £50,000 to help finish work on a hall.
Community grant scheme Biffa Award gave the money to Chalfont St Giles Youth Club, in Narcot Lane, on Friday last week.
The grant will put a new roof on the hall, replace two small existing roofs on the main club and resurface a play area, with the work set to be completed by March.
Volunteer youth leader Hannah Hayes, 18, said: “With the major cuts in youth work some years ago, we knew the only way to keep the youth club viable was to do it ourselves regardless of work or school commitments.
“We gave up nearly all of our free time because the club is not only important for us, but for many young people who have yet to find us.
Dance teacher Jermaine Roberts, 24, who will teach classes in the hall, added: “Having worked and volunteered with these young people over the past four years, their commitment to their club, its young people and their community is outstanding.”
DEDICATION: Members of Chalfont St Giles Youth Club