Vig­or­ous de­bate on New­lands Park

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

DAVID Mea­cock must have been at a dif­fer­ent Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil plan­ning com­mit­tee meet­ing to the one I at­tended (let­ters April 6), which vig­or­ously de­bated the ap­pli­ca­tion to re­de­velop the run-down, hotch-potch of lec­ture rooms and halls of res­i­dence at New­land Park and its derelict sports fa­cil­i­ties into about 300 much­needed new homes of de­tached and ter­raced dwellings, flats and af­ford­able hous­ing.

The traf­fic im­pact was strongly ar­gued by com­mit­tee mem­bers and Chal­font St Peter parish coun­cil­lors, Linda Smith and Iso­bel Darby.

I voted against the ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause of my con­cerns about drainage. How­ever the ap­pli­ca­tion was passed with about 40 tough con­di­tions ad­dress­ing many of the above con­cerns.

That said, there is much to ad­mire about the pro­posed devel­op­ment in­clud­ing the re­fur­bish­ment of the his­toric New­land Manor and its or­na­men­tal gar­dens, new sports fa­cil­i­ties and the gift­ing of land to the Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum.

Surely David Mea­cock’s se­lec­tive, tub-thump­ing mem­ory has noth­ing to do with an im­pend­ing elec­tion?

COUN­CIL­LOR JONATHAN RUSH Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil

Cen­tral Ward

as this was not pos­si­ble.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Parish Coun­cil’s rul­ing in­tro­duced in 2011 that the graves in K Sec­tion, would be grassed over “for ease of main­te­nance” leav­ing only an area of only 24” x 12” for a head­stone and plinth has been shown to be com­pletely in­sen­si­tive.

Last week the grass of the first three rows in K Sec­tion were cut for the first time leav­ing a trail of tram­lines across the graves with no at­tempt of trim­ming around the head­stones, thus con­firm­ing our worst fears that this would look and be­come a walk­way.

Many fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing my own, are still in the process of griev­ing, which due to the lack of em­pa­thy or com­pro­mise by our Parish Coun­cil­lors in al­low­ing us to in­di­vid­u­ally tend and lov­ing main­tain our loved ones graves has erased the con­cept and peace that this was truly a GAR­DEN of Rest.

ANN WAL­LIS Chal­font St Peter

Medal­ists are also in­vited to use the ini­tials BCA af­ter their name.

There are lit­er­ally thou­sands of peo­ple across the UK mak­ing life bet­ter for oth­ers, and un­til now with no for­mal recog­ni­tion open to them. Our first award cer­e­mony in Jan­uary was a phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess, and it was fan­tas­tic to hon­our in­di­vid­u­als who were sim­ply re­mark­able hu­man be­ings. We look for­ward to hon­our­ing more ex­cep­tional in­di­vid­u­als within our com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing this next round of awards.

Nom­i­na­tions are free and peo­ple can be en­tered into one of eight dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories. To nom­i­nate, email nom­i­na­tions@ britishc­i­t­i­zenawards.co.uk to re­quest a nom­i­na­tion form, or visit www. britishc­i­t­i­zenawards.co.uk to find out more. Nom­i­na­tions close on 30 April 2015.

MIKE FAULKNER BCA Co-founder

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