Not-so-secret plan for village victory
Huge efforts being made to stake claim to being ‘best kept village’
A MASTERPLAN has been drawn up which is hoped will lead to Gerrards Cross claiming a Best Kept Village prize for the first time in recent memory.
The parish council and the Traders’ Association in the village have been working together since September to come up with a strategy which they hope will bring victory for the village.
In recent years, Gerrards Cross has not entered the contest and has instead seen neighbouring villages such as Chalfont St Peter achieve great success in the annual competition.
However, this year, entering the contest is being used as a springboard for making Gerrards Cross as attractive as possible and to encourage more people to come to the village and use its shops.
Lisa Lindvall, who runs the Lisa La Moda boutique in Packhorse Road, said: “I think it’s a great idea. There are certainly a lot of things that can be done in Gerrards Cross to improve the look of the place, but I think that entering the competition will be good for the
JOINING FORCES: Traders in Gerrards Cross are attempting to win the best kept village contest this year, including from left: Stephen Rodbourne from Vision Hairdressing, Natalie Schlenker from Fego, Matt La Moda, Nimira Wasaya from Excel Dry Cleaners, Lisa La Moda (also left), Janet Stewart from Gerrards Cross Bookshop and Bruce Jeffrey from Crystal Carpets. Lisa
believes there is a lot that can be done to improve the village village. If everyone joins together and makes an effort, I’m sure it will mean that more people come here. Lots of the shopkeepers do what we can but if everyone joins together I’m sure that a real difference can be made.”
The plan drawn up by the parish council and Traders’ Association includes cleaning-up the fronts outside shops and businesses, improving the look of any empty shops and possibly removing telephone boxes in Packhorse Road, which are rarely used.
The groups want to include as much of the village as possible, and not concentrate on just the centre of Gerrards Cross.
Signs, bollards and lights will be cleaned, with entrances to the village being seen as an important area to focus on.
Paul Fisher, of Fisher Butchers in Packhorse Road, said: “This could be a really positive thing for Gerrards Cross, and from a business perspective it’ll only help us to attract more people.”