Town sta­tus bid may be re­newed in 2015

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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.”

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DED­I­CA­TION: Mem­bers of Chal­font St Giles Youth Club

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