The green spa­ces manager

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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.”

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