The green spaces manager
Chalfont St Giles Youth Club
Suizan Jefferson, leader of the STEWART Pomeroy is the Colne Valley and green spaces team manager for Groundwork South, the organisation responsible for the management and upkeep of green spaces in the South Bucks area.
He has warned against the cumulative impact of development on the countryside, and says more should be done in the next 20 years to minimise its effect, as well as making sure that more people benefit from it.
He said: “The amount of development taking place in and around this area over the next 20 years is huge, and the effects of it all are going to be massive.
“There is HS2, the expansion of Heathrow airport, the Pinewood Studios expansion and the Western Rail link as well as various housing developments.
“ll of these proposals on their own are bad enough but nobody is looking at the cumulative
Aimpacts of them, not least the local authorities, which, by their definition, don’t look much beyond their individual boundaries. The impact is huge overall.”
Mr Pomeroy called for more to be done to raise awareness of the issue.
He said: “What I would like to happen over the next 20 years is for proper mitigation plans to be worked out for all of these things, to minimise their impact as much as we possibly can.
“lso, we are constantly being told that these developments are taking place because they are in the national interest, but what about the local interest? We need to make sure, as part of a longterm plan, that this area benefits us, not just the country as a whole. If that doesn’t happen, this area will suffer in so many ways.”