Time for others to take up battle for housing
Retiring councillor urges younger people to get involved
A VILLAGE ‘desperately needs’ more affordable housing, according to a former parish councillor.
Bob Allen, 78, was leading the development of a Neighbourhood Plan as head of finance and planning on Chalfont St Giles Parish Council but recently stepped down to take a break from voluntary work.
Mr Allen, of Jordans Lane, said the plan aims to address the need for housing (it is a community blueprint that aims to give villagers a voice in deciding how they would like the area to evolve).
“Chalfont St Giles needs more affordable housing because it is a very typical, little, almost dormitory village,” he said.
“There is plenty of money
THINGS STILL TO BE DONE:
Bob Allen hopes other people will continue to work on creating more affordable housing in Chalfont St Giles, but he is now taking a break from voluntary work and lovely houses, but getting homes for people who are shop assistants or nurses is difficult and more affordable housing is desperately needed. I hope it won’t get worse, but I fear it might.
“A lot depends on the district council and whether or not it is going to change its corporate policy in the Delivery Development Plan Document (DDPD).”
to protect Chiltern’s towns, villages and countryside while promoting sustainable development.
Newly-weds Liz, 31, and Simon Cole, 35, of Seymour Road, agree with Mr Allen’s sentiments.
Mrs Cole, a nursery practitioner at Amersham Hospital, says she and her husband have been pushed out of the area because of the property market.
Mr Allen joined the council to bring Chalfont St Giles and Jordans closer together. The two villages fall under one parish council and, as chairman of Jordans Village Limited, Mr Allen wanted to bring more funding to Jordans.
“I certainly got the parish council to have a better recognition for Jordans,” he said.
“We all feel the precept is one thing but somehow most of it gets spent in Chalfont St Giles and not in Jordans.”
Mr Allen said he was ‘disappointed’ the council did not follow through with its attempt to purchase a new parish office in Deanway before the elections in May.
He urges people to consider becoming parish councillors, adding: “Anybody who is young, interested and prepared to toe the line a bit will have a great time and feel they have achieved something.” A VILLAGE is sure to have a distinctly festive feel when more than 2,000 fairy lights are switched on, supported by schoolchildren and choirs singing carols.
The event on Denham Village Green on Friday next week, 6-8pm, is being organised on behalf of the parish council by Denham Support Group for Thames Hospice and is being supported by Buckinghamshire Golf Club, Roberts Newby and other local businesses.
Parish councillor Sylvia Jeffreys said: “There are going to be stalls selling local crafts, mulled wine, hot chocolate and gingerbread. There will also be a hog roast and a barbecue.
“There will be a candlelight procession of local schoolchildren and brownies, who will walk from the Memorial Hall to the village green, starting at 6pm.”
Other local choirs will sing carols accompanied by a brass band.
Denham Parish Council is also putting up Christmas lights in other areas around the parish for the first time, including Station Parade, Denham Green and around Higher Denham Community Hall.