Village’s £10k spruce-up a bid to keep crown
Traders want to defend ‘best’ title
TRADERS have launched a campaign to help their home defend its ‘best village’ crown.
Chalfont St Peter Chamber of Commerce will use nearly £10,000 to decorate the village and its members will improve options for online shoppers to keep trade in the area.
The group raised the sum in community events last year when Chalfont St Peter was voted the best kept village in the Chiltern district.
The money will go solely towards expanding village decorations, such as putting hanging baskets in St Peter’s Precinct, later on this year.
This year the village will be up against Gerrards Cross, which has announced it will be entering the contest for the first time in recent years, and is launching a plan of action to try and take the prize.
Chalfont St Peter Chamber president Andrew Welch said: “I’m delighted o say we raised nearly
Chalfont St Peter £10,000 by the end of the year. A big thanks to everybody who helped us.
“The funds enabled us to light up St Peters Court last Christmas for the first time in many years. We get nothing but praise from shoppers and residents about how wonderful the village centre looks all year round.”
The group’s networking websitewww.keepitlocalcsp. co.uk, which provides a search bar so villagers can buy shopping from the area, will be re-launched to expand its list of local businesses.
Mr Welch added: “I have a very strong conviction that as well as bringing together traders for networking and other purposes, it is our role to provide the link between the traders and their customers. We are going to be engaging on a big online project so the residents know their first port of call is the website.”
The village took the Leofwine Shield award, which is given by Chiltern District Council each year to the town or village in the district that gains the highest number of points in the Bucks Best Kept Village Competition.
Mr Welch added: “The award indicates how everybody, residents and businesses, feel about their village. It is a pity that there are still empty shops, but last year we saw six or seven new businesses in the village.
“The forecast is good. We have improved the visual aspect of the village, long may its trade continue.”