Vil­lage go­ing to lengths for top ti­tle

Com­mu­nity groups urged to join up to help Ger­rards Cross take pres­ti­gious prize

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

FUR­THER im­prove­ments are set to take place in or­der to help a vil­lage claim a pres­ti­gious prize.

Ger­rards Cross is in the process of bid­ding to be named as one of the best kept vil­lages in Bucks when judg­ing takes place in June for the coun­ty­wide Best Kept Vil­lage com­pe­ti­tion.

Work is tak­ing place in the area to make it as tidy and at­trac­tive as pos­si­ble, with vil­lagers and com­mu­nity groups be­ing en­cour­aged to come for­ward to help out.

The parish coun­cil is work­ing with the Ger­rards Cross Traders’ As­so­ci­a­tion on the project and con­fir­ma­tion has just been given that work will be done to make the out­side of the vil­lage post of­fice more at­trac­tive.

The site is set to close dur­ing May while the in­side is mod­ernised, but the parish coun­cil has now re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion the out­side of the build­ing will also be im­proved and smartened up.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown said: “It’s good news and it’s some­thing we were hop­ing for. It won’t need ma­jor work, it’s just that in places it was a bit tatty, so sim­ply tidy­ing it up will make a big dif­fer­ence.

“It’s right in the cen­tre of the vil­lage so it’s im­por­tant that it looks as good as pos­si­ble.”

The parish coun­cil is also ne­go­ti­at­ing with Chiltern Rail­ways in or­der to im­prove the gar­den at the train sta­tion.

It is hoped the site can be ren­o­vated and im­proved in or­der to give peo­ple a good wel­come when they ar­rive in the vil­lage by train.

Mr Brown said: “It would be good to make some im­prove­ments there as well. It’s the first thing that peo­ple see when they ar­rive here.

“The gar­den used to be great and re­ally well kept but that has stopped re­cently, so this is a good op­por­tu­nity to im­prove it and smarten it up while we’re do­ing so much else­where in the vil­lage.”

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