Vigorous debate on Newlands Park
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
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
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