Time for oth­ers to take up bat­tle for hous­ing

Re­tir­ing coun­cil­lor urges younger peo­ple to get in­volved

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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).”

That doc­u­ment

helps

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.

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